Our Speakers — 2018-19 Season
Entering its 36th year, the Town Hall Lecture Series has brought engaging, insightful and informative speakers from across the world to audiences in North Platte, Nebraska. All lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. CST at the Neville Center, located at 301 East 5th Street.
“A Skating Life”
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, Dorothy Hamill leaped into America’s heart as a 19-year-old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal in 1976. Dorothy shares her story of life in the skating world and her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. She shares how she now successfully manages her depression.
“Climbing Out of the Girl Box”
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018
Molly Barker is founder of Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization designed to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. An accomplished triathlete, Molly encourages others to run toward hope, passion and self-discovery to solve problems and overcome adversity. Molly shares life-changing lessons from her personal journey of self-discovery, inspiring others to recognize the power of one person to make a significant difference.
“The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI”
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019
Marc Ruskin spent 20 years as an FBI special agent working primarily in undercover operations. He successfully infiltrated a New York Mafia crime family, a Chinese Malaysian heroin organization, a Wall Street trading exchange, right-wing terrorist groups, and worked on espionage cases. Marc shares his stories of undercover operations, including the procedures, the successes, the failures and the changes in the culture of the new-era FBI.
“Tune Up Your Life”
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of Country Music’s Gatlin Brothers, knows firsthand that we can’t live someone else’s dream. In order to be our absolute best, we must find our own voice and “sing our own song.” She has spent her entire career empowering people to “sing their own song” from the inside out through their words, their deeds and their actions.