IPFW announces the 2014, 2015 Omnibus lineup

Fort Wayne, IN  (WANE) One additional lecture has been scheduled for this season.  IPFW Chancellor made the announcement Tuesday following the October lecture that Anthony Chan, Chief Economist for Chase, will speak in March.  This brings season’s series total to four lectures.

Previously – The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series is celebrating 20 years of presenting diverse ideas to the university community and area residents.  Wednesday, Chancellor, Vickie Carwein announced three speakers who will present lectures about American history, science and humor.

April 1, Garrison Keillor  will present: “An Evening with Garrison Keillor.”  Tickets will be available starting March 9, 2015.

Each week, more than 17 million listeners tune in to Garrison Keillor, host of public radio’s live variety show A Prairie Home Companion. In 2006, he starred in a film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion alongside Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, and others.

His talents have been recognized with numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days and an induction into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications in 1994.

Keillor is the author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days, Wobegon Boy, and Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel. Keillor has taken A Prairie Home Companion on the road for tour broadcasts all across America.



March 4, Anthony Chan will present on the topic of “A Global Economy.”  Tickets will be available starting. Monday, February 9, 2015.

 Chan joined JPMorgan Chase in 1994 and currently serves as the Chief Economist for Chase. He is also a member of several forecasting panels, including the Blue Chip Monthly Forecasting panel, the National Association of Business Economists Quarterly Macro Panel, and the Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones Weekly Economic Indicator panels. He was previously an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Senior Economist at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Government Securities. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland.


October 21, Neil deGrasse Tyson will present: “This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe.” Tickets will be available starting September 29, 2014. As of 1:15p.m. on September 29, tickets for this event were sold out.  Stand-by seats may be available on a limited basis.    

Astrophysicist, television host, and superhero of the sciences Neil deGrasse Tyson will come out of the cosmos for an evening on IPFW’s campus this fall.

Tyson is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He is the former host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNow and current host of Cosmos.

In addition to authoring dozens of professional publications, Tyson is a New York Times bestselling author and frequent guest on major news programming.

A New York native, Tyson has received 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a citizen.


September 23, Doris Kearns Goodwin will present: “Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents.” Tickets will be available starting September 2, 2014.  As of September 9, tickets for this event were sold out.  Stand-by seats may be available on a limited basis.    

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her acclaimed Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln.

She is a frequent guest and commentator on major news programming and has appeared on Meet the Press, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report, in addition to documentaries on PBS and the History Channel. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Charles Frankel Prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lincoln Prize.


The lectures are free and open to the public, although free tickets are required for all lectures.  Tickets may be picked up in person three weeks prior to the lecture Monday to Friday, 12:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. at the Larsen Box Office in the Gates Athletic Center, or may be reserved online ($1 fee per ticket) at http://www.ipfw.edu/boxoffice.  Any unclaimed tickets may be obtained one hour prior to each lecture in Rhinehart Music Center. Each lecture takes place in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW campus. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free.