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Distinguished Lecture Series


Our Distinguished Lecture Series (“DLS”) is the perfect way to keep the Permian Basin in the national conversation. Previous DLS speakers have included Arthur Schlesinger, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ralph Nader, Arianna Huffington, Eleanor Clift, Helen Thomas, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Spellings, Karl Rove, Bob Beckel, Cal Thomas, Malcolm Gladwell, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein. Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Peggy Noonan, Dee Dee Myers, Mike Huckabee, Ben Stein, Sarah Palin, Wendy Davis, Geraldo Rivera, former First Lady Laura Bush, Juan Williams & Allen West and many more.

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We depend in large measure on your contributions to maintain a steady flow of top-notch DLS speakers. Please join the Shepperd Inner Circle that helps underwrite our lectures. Your $1,000 gift makes you part of an elite group of community leaders that is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our area. With the support of donors like you, we continue to bring highly-accomplished celebrities, public figures, and personalities to the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, such as:

Mike Huckabee (October 2013)
Ben Stein (March 2014)
John Walsh (October 2014)
Sarah Palin (February 2015)
Wendy Davis (April 2015)
Laura Bush (October 2015)

I want to remind you that as a member of the Shepperd Inner Circle, you will enjoy the following privileges:

• Be our special guest at the VIP reception prior to each lecture.
• Enjoying reserved seating at each lecture.
• Have photo opportunities and book signing privileges, as applicable.
• Have your name listed in the program as an Inner Circle member.
• Having your name listed within each DLS “Featurette” film.  We show these short films at most lectures just prior to the beginning of the lecture.

These events are free to the general public, but that is only possible by having generous sponsors to help us with the costs of maintaining these high quality programs. I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at our next event so I can personally thank you for your support of the Shepperd Inner Circle.

If you would like to join the Shepperd Inner Circle, we encourage you to use our JBS “Donate” button (http://shepperdinstitute.com/donate/). You will be redirected to the UTPB website – once there, use the drop-down box to select “Inner Circle” and enter your information.