Henderson, Ky. – Henderson Community College has announced the 2018-19 Raymond B. Preston lecture series. The series will kick off with the co-host of the award winning NPR radio program All Things Considered, Ari Shapiro.
Shapiro will speak at Preston Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.prestoncenter.org. He is presented in partnership with WNIN radio.
Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from five continents. In 2015, Shapiro joined Kelly McEvers, Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel as a weekday co-host of All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine. Shapiro was previously NPR’s International Correspondent based in London, from where he traveled the world covering a wide range of topics for NPR’s national news programs.
Shapiro is a frequent guest analyst on television news programs, and his reporting has been consistently recognized by his peers. The Columbia Journalism Review honored him with a laurel for his investigation into disability benefits for injured American veterans. The American Bar Association awarded him the Silver Gavel for exposing the failures of Louisiana’s detention system after Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of the American Judges’ Association American Gavel Award for his work on U.S. courts and the American justice system. And at age 25, Shapiro won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for an investigation of methamphetamine use and HIV transmission.
On Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m., Kentucky’s state historian James Klopper will present a lecture on Kentucky politician Henry Clay. This lecture will take place at the Preston Arts Center and is free and open to the public. Klopper is on the faculty at Georgetown College, and has served as the state historian for more than a decade.
Emmy-award winning photo-journalist Bill Poole will be speaking on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. to kick off the exciting National Geographic photography exhibit The Photo Ark. Bob Poole grew up in East Africa, where his father was the director of the Peace Corps, and later the director of the African Wildlife Foundation.
His family spent much of their time with the abundant wildlife that thrived there during the 1960s and 1970s. Poole’s unique upbringing gave him an appreciation and curiosity of the natural world, a highly adventurous spirit, and a strong sense of self-reliance. As a teenager, Poole’s relationship with National Geographic began when he worked with a film crew on a documentary about elephants.
Ten years later, Poole’s first film as a cinematographer for National Geographic was about his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, the renowned elephant zoologist. He is now one of the world’s leading wildlife cinematographers and has shot many Emmy Award-winning films. Poole’s credit list includes over 30 films for National Geographic Television.
The Preston Lecture Series is dedicated to presenting engaging speakers that will further the educational mission of Henderson Community College. This series is supported by underwriting from The Preston Family foundation and Field & Main Bank.