Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fran Vick to Speak At TWU's Joyce Thompson Lecture

Frances Brannen Vick, named one of the 100 most significant women in the history of Texas, will present "My Adventures as a Publisher Turned Author" at the 2008 Joyce Thompson Lecture, scheduled Monday, Nov. 17 at Texas Woman's University.

The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Building. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. For more information, call 81-3748.

Dr. Vick will talk about her book on Petra Vela Kenedy with co-author Jane Monday. Titled "Petra's Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy," the book chronicles Mrs. Kenedy who, with her husband Mifflin, played a major role in the founding of South Texas. Mrs. Kenedy not only cared for her 14 children and the workers of the couple's ranching empire, but also led civic and charitable enterprises. The book won the Texas State Historical Association's (TSHA) 2007 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for the best book on Texas history.

Dr. Vick also will discuss her latest work, titled "Literary Dallas."

Dr. Vick graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of North Texas. She founded E-Heart Press and co-founded the UNT Press. She is president of the TSHA and past-president of the Texas Institute of Letters. She also is a Fellow in the Texas Folklore Society.

The Joyce Thompson Lecture is an annual event honoring the memory of Dr. Joyce Thompson, professor of English, who served as a member of the TWU faculty from 1977 until her death in 1992. Author of more than 30 published works, Dr. Thompson's major writings included "Marking a Trail: A History of the Texas Woman's University," "Texas Women: The Myth/The Reality" and "Ladies' Firsts: A Miscellany."

--TWU Update Volume 30, Number 23, November 10-23, 2008