Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series set for 2017-18 season

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Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series set for 2017-18 season

Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series set for 2017-18 season

Mon Jul 3, 2017

Brazosport College’s Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series is ready for another big season, bringing in empowering and interesting guests to speak to the local community.

This year’s lineup features a diverse group of speakers and a variety of topics.

Among the speakers scheduled for the 2017-18 Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series are author, philanthropist and breast cancer survivor Kelly Corrigan, art historian and critic Tina Rivers Ryan, and Green Beret and amputee John Wayne Walding.

The year begins with Corrigan on Oct. 5, followed by Rivers Ryan on Feb. 15, 2018 and Walding on April 5, 2018.

The Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series was created by the Brazosport College Foundation to promote cultural enrichment for all women. The mission of the BC Foundation is to raise and administer funds for the enhancement of educational opportunities at Brazosport College.

The cost is $180 and includes all three lectures with lunch. Please make your series reservations by Sept. 16.

To learn more about Brazosport College’s Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series and its 2017-18 guests, contact the Brazosport College Foundation at (979) 230-3234.

The following is more information about this season’s guests:

 Kelly Corrigan

Oct. 5, 2017: Kelly Corrigan 
Author, Philanthropist & Breast Cancer Survivor

Fearlessly tackling subjects as wide ranging as caregiving, literacy, serious illness and the need for purpose, New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan humorously and poignantly shares her most personal stories in order to inspire audiences across the nation.

She has written three books, including “The Middle Place,” a memoir about her experience fighting cancer while simultaneously caring for her father as he struggles through the final stages of the disease; “Lift,” a story that weaves together three true stories of adults willing to chance terrible loss in search of the joys of raising a family; and “Glitter and Glue,” which examines the bond between mothers and daughters.

A decade of nonprofit work through United Way shaped Corrigan’s worldview and she continually advocates for those who have not shared the luck she’s had. She started the Circus of Cancer foundation to help the friends and family of cancer patients cope and learn how to help and support the patient. Her recent focus has been in education and literacy through The Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy and children’s health and wellbeing through the Oakland Children’s Hospital, where she volunteers every week holding babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.


Tina Rivers Ryan

Feb. 15, 2018: Tina Rivers Ryan
Four Masterpieces of Western Painting

Tina Rivers Ryan is a New York-based art historian and critic. An experienced educator, she has developed and taught courses at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute and the Museum of Modern Art, and has lectured on art in more than 20 cities internationally. Her writing has appeared in notable publications, such as “Artforum,” “Art in America” and “Art Journal,” as well as in several books, exhibition catalogs, and prominent websites. She holds a BA from Harvard, three masters degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has been a Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

If you had to name the four most important paintings in Western art — the ones that most influenced the course of art, or history or both — what would they be? (Mona Lisa, anybody?) While a fun exercise, when it comes to understanding art, ranking paintings in this way doesn’t help us answer the more profound question of why art, and especially painting, has been so important to Western culture for hundreds of years. In other words, instead of trying to identify the four “most important” paintings — an impossible task, to be sure — what if we picked four paintings that helped us understand the different ways that painting can be used as a meaningful form of communication? These paintings would come from different time periods, genres and nations, and would outline the different ways that painting has played an important role in Western culture.

John Wayne Walding

April 5, 2018: John Wayne Walding
Not You’re Welcome, but You’re Worth It

As a Green Beret who fought an epic battle for which he and his comrades earned the prestigious Silver Star, Sergeant First Class John Wayne Walding has distinguished himself beyond measure on the battlefield. But when Taliban gunfire took his leg in April 2008, the battle of his life was just beginning. It was during the harrowing battle of Shok Valley on April 6, 2008, that Walding would lose his leg to a sniper, and yet returned fire for four more hours with his severed lower limb tied to his thigh. The incredible story of that six-hour fight is detailed in the book, “No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.

Post-injury, Walding attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee ever to become a Green Beret Sniper. Using a hand crank, he went on to compete in the 2009 Boston Marathon, in which he finished 4th, finished in the top 10 in the 2009 New York Marathon, and ran the Army 10 Miler.

Now he is an entrepreneur at 5 Toes Custom, giving veterans a place for transitioning and wounded vets to come learn a craft and regain their independence in the company of fellow vets who understand that the battle never ends.