2008 LET'S TALK!™ Topics

“Wisdom Begins in Wonder” - Socrates


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Each year renowned guests are invited to attend LET'S TALK!™

to speak about a topic that they are an expert on.

Topics vary from year to year but all are unique and creative.


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2008 LET'S TALK!™ Conversation Leaders and Topics


Topic Discussion Leader Description
Inside Sports Medicine- What makes them different from you and me ...a tale of the haves and have not's T. O. Souryal, M. D. Orthopedic Surgeon, Head Team Physician of the Dallas Mavericks, and Host of ESPN Radio's "Inside Sports Medicine"
Making Cancer History Dr. Jim Olson Author and Distinguished Professor of History atSam Houston State University
Keeping the American Economy Strong and Competitive U. S. Congressman Kevin Brady U. S. House of Representatives, 8th District of Texas
Winning the Presidency: What it Takes Mr. Mike Yawn Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sam Houston State University
How Will the State Pay for Highways? Toll Roads? Gas Taxes? Mr. John Thompson Chairman of I-69 Corridor & County Judge of Polk County
The Imperative of Civility in Democratic Institutions Dr. Sam S. Souryal Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University
Challenges Facing Higher Education Dr. Charles Matthews Chancellor for The Texas State University System
Closing the Gap: Why the Stars Are Aligned for the P-16 Agenda (College and Career Readiness Initiative) Dr. Shirley (Neeley) Richardson Immediate Past Texas Commissioner of Education
Lone Survivor: A Tribute to Courage, Honor and Patriotism Mr. Marcus Luttrell Retired, Navy Seal & Author of # 1 Best-seller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 
Contrary to Popular Belief, Classical Music is NOT “Dead” Mr. Matthew VanBesien Executive Director & CEO-Houston Symphony Orchestra
The Story of the World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero Mr. David Adickes Huntsville Native, Loyal Texan, World Renowned Artist and Sculptor
Mixing the Ingredients for Success Mr. Tony Mandola and Mr. Damian Mandola Restaurant Entrepreneurs: Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, Damian's, Carrabbas, Mandola's Winery, Trattoria Lisina, Mandola's Family Market 
Criticism Management: How to Give and Take Criticism More Effectively Dr. Randy Garner Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University
The Economy: How Are We Doing and Where Are We Going? Dr. Jim Bexley Smith-Hutson Chair of Banking at Sam Houston State University and Member, Board of Directors, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Road to Success and Lessons Learned Along the Way Mr. Nash D'Amico Restaurant Entrepreneur: D'Amico's Italian Market Café
Kenedy and King--The Story You Don't Know Ms. Jane Monday & Ms. Fran Vick Authors of Petra's Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy
Palestinians, Jews, Arabs, and Muslims: Who are these Guys? Dr. Mitch Roth Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University
Technology: Good or Bad for the Game? Mr. Rich Ballinger Director-PGA/PGM Program at Sam Houston State University
Sports and the Real World Mr. Mickey Herskowitz Author and Former Houston Chronicle Journalist
Who Defines Athletics in our Culture Today, & Does it Belong Alongside our Academic Classrooms? Mr. Mark Johnson Head Baseball Coach at Sam Houston State University
Caring for the World, One Person at a Time Mr. Kemper Crabb Three-Time Noble Peace Prize Nominee and Missionary
The Seven Wonders of the Universe (That You Probably Took for Granted) Dr. Renee James Associate Professor of Physics at Sam Houston State University
Voices Out of the Desert: Mass Grave Victims of Saddam Hussein's Regime Tell the Details of their Death Through Skeletal Remains Dr. Joan Bytheway Forensic Anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University
Forensic Science: The Real CSI - Challenges and Triumphs in Forensic Laboratories Dr. Sarah Kerrigan Forensic Science Program Director, Former State Crime Laboratory Director, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University

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