Noble selects speakers for Profiles and Perspectives season

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation announced today the speakers who will comprise the 2013-2014 Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series.

This season’s four speakers are:

Joel Sartore, photographer, author and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine.
Jayson Lusk, author and Regents Professor and Willow Sparks Endowed Chair, Oklahoma State University.
Gary England, Oklahoma’s top-rated television meteorologist.
Bill Barker, historical interpreter portraying Thomas Jefferson and Dr. Bill White, vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

“We are celebrating our 16th year of hosting Profiles and Perspectives," said Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of philanthropy, engagement and project management, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives Committee. “Each year, we have offered residents of southern Oklahoma an opportunity to hear informative, thought-provoking and entertaining speakers. This year will be no exception. Each of the speakers brings a special brand of insight and enthusiasm.”

Sponsored by the Noble Foundation, the Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series began in 1998 as a way to enrich the area community through presentations by interesting and unique speakers. Each Profiles and Perspectives event is free of charge and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Ardmore Convention Center.

The 2013-2014 season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, with Sartore’s presentation “Grizzlies, Piranhas and Man-Eating Pigs: On Assignment for National Geographic.” In 20 years with the renowned magazine, Sartore has learned that visually capturing amazing places, wildlife and cultures comes with a chance that things will go terribly wrong. He will share a lively, intimate and humorous look at what could be the best – and worst – job in the world. It’s just another day at the office on assignment for National Geographic.

The second presentation in the series will be Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, with Jayson Lusk, who will present “The Future of Food.” Lusk’s research primarily focuses on predicting and understanding consumer behavior as it relates to food. Listed as one of the most prolific and cited food and agricultural economists of the past decade, Lusk will discuss the future of our nation’s food and the role of food technology.

Opening the spring portion of the Profiles and Perspectives season will be Gary England, Oklahoma’s award-winning, top-rated television meteorologist. England will present “Friday Night in the Big Town,” a humorous and serious review of life, tornadoes, television and entertainment, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. England is an internationally recognized authority on severe weather. He holds the distinction of being the first person who implemented Enterprise Electronics, the world’s first commercial Doppler radar, in weather forecasting.

The season will conclude on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, with “The Idea of America,” a unique historical presentation featuring President Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by historic interpreter Bill Barker). In the program, he will speak about events in Revolutionary War-era America that demonstrate the relevance of our nation’s early history to contemporary issues. He will be accompanied by Dr. Bill White who will discuss the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s role as a center for history and citizenship, highlighting the foundation’s efforts to improve historical literacy.

For more information regarding the Profiles and Perspectives season, please contact Mary Kate Wilson at 580-224-6246 or visit

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