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The Visiting Scholars Program

The Honors College Visiting Scholars Program establishes a permanent relation with distinguished individuals who come to our campus on a regular basis to give public lectures, present guest class lectures, and conduct workshops, as well as supervise off-campus events for our students. These events provide an intense educational and cultural enrichment for our Honors students, and, in many cases, for the general Tarleton community, that would not be otherwise available. These Visiting Scholars can best be described as "public intellectuals"--they have impressive academic credentials and can operate within the academic sphere, but they also interact with the general public and contribute to the public dialogue.

Ben Barnes

Ben Barnes
Visiting Scholar for Texas Politics

At the age of 22, Ben Barnes was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to represent his home district in Comanche County.  He became Speaker of the House at the age of 26 (the youngest in 96 years).  In 1969 he was elected the youngest-ever lieutenant governor with more votes than any statewide candidate in Texas history.  After leaving office, Mr. Barnes tried his hand at land development and was instrumental in creating the Barton Creek Resort in Austin.  He foresaw an urban and modern Austin and was part of the wave of developers who literally built the city of Austin we see today.  Now, in his third career, Ben Barnes is the founding partner and principal of the Ben Barnes Group, a crisis management and consulting firm with offices in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  Recently, the Houston Chronicle named him one of the Ten Most Powerful Texans in Washington.

Suzanne Ferriss

Suzanne Ferriss
Visiting Scholar in English

Suzanne Ferriss is a professor of English at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Her publications include two volumes on the cultural study of fashion-On Fashion and Footnotes: On Shoes-as well as A Handbook of Literary Feminisms and Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction.  She also helps manage the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies.

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones
Visiting Scholar in Journalism

Kathryn Jones is contributing editor for Texas Monthly and a regular contributor to The New York Times.  She is also a freelance  travel and business writer for national and international magazines, including The New Yorker (special sections), Worth, Business 2.0, Town and Country, Elle Decor, Hispanic Magazine, Asahi Weekly (Tokyo), D Magazine, Texas Highways, and Texas Journey.  Ms. Jones also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas.

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Cedars

Dr. Marcelle Cedars
Visiting Scholar in Reproductive Technologies

Dr. Cedars is one of the top experts in the country on reproductive medicine and infertility.  She has appeared on 60 Minutes, and she is regularly interviewed by major news organizations about the rapidly developing technology in the field and some of the social and ethical issues that these developments raise.
Dr. Cedars received her medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and did her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at UCLA. She is board certified in both reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical and research interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome, the perimenopause, and assisted reproduction.

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Domenichini

Maria Giovanna Domenichini
Visiting Scholar in Language and Cultural Studies

Ms. Domenichini currently teaches Italian at the University of Rijeka in Pula, Croatia. Previous appointments as an Italian lecturer include the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Trinity College at the University of Dublin in Ireland, and the University of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. She holds an M. Phil. in applied linguistics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, with a thesis on crosslinguistic influence and a degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Pisa in Italy.

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Oloo

George Oduor Oloo
Visiting Scholar in Language and Cultural Studies

Mr. Oloo, currently on leave from the University of Nairobi, holds a master's in linguistics from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. His thesis, Comparative Study of Western Nilotic Languages, was published in Occasional Papers in Language and Linguistics, Vol. I, 41-54 (2001). Mr. Oloo's research focuses on African languages, with an emphasis on Kiswahili and Luo.

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Tommy Denton

Tommy Denton
Visiting Scholar in Journalistic Ethics

Tommy Denton, an award-winning columnist and editorial writer, has been the editorial page editor of The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, since 1998.  From 1983 to 1998 he worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as op-ed page editor, editorial page editor, and senior editorial writer and columnist.  In the early 1980's, as Executive Assistant for State Affairs, Mr. Denton was in charge of operations in Texas for U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.  He is co-author with Frank Anton of Why Didn't You Get Me Out?, published in June 1997 by Summit Publishing Group.  Mr. Denton holds a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a  B.A. from Baylor University.  He has taught journalism courses at Texas Christian University and at Virginia Commonwealth University.  His history with Tarleton goes back to 1987, when he participated in a symposium at Tarleton on the Vietnam War and the movie Platoon.

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Russo

Mariachiara Russo
Visiting Scholar for Language and Cultural Studies

Mariachiara Russo is an associate professor at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori) in Forlí, Italy, an institute affiliated with the University of Bologna.  As a graduate of the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators at the University of Trieste in Italy, Prof. Russo began her professional career in 1988 as a conference interpreter of English and Spanish.  From 1993 to 2001, before coming to Forlí, she taught simultaneous and consecutive interpreting from Spanish into Italian at her alma mater in Trieste.  Her research interests include testing methodology to assess students' aptitude for simultaneous interpreting, linguistic contrasts between Spanish and Italian, analysis of errors in interpreting, simultaneous interpreting of film, and the effect of language directionality in simultaneous interpreting.  Prof. Russo has published numerous scholarly articles in Italian, Spanish, and English, and she is co-editor of the widely recognized Interpretazione simultanea e consecutiva: Problemi teorici e metodologie didattiche ("Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreting: Theoretical Problems and Didactic Methodology") published by Milan: Hoepli, 1999.

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Shaw

Dr. Punch Shaw
Visiting Scholar in Art, Music, Theater, and Film Criticism

Dr. Shaw is a freelance journalist and speaker with a special interest in the arts. He is a frequent reviewer of music, art, dance, and theater for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a number of other publications. Dr. Shaw gives pre-performance lectures at Bass Hall for all Fort Worth Opera performances, and he has authored program notes for the Fort Worth Symphony and Fort Worth Opera. He conducts a monthly lectures series on music at Borders Books and Music called "Meet the Music" which is now sponsored by the Presidential Honors Program at Tarleton.  Dr. Shaw holds a Ph.D. in communications from UT-Austin.

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2003-2004 photos

Holley

Joe Holley
Visiting Scholar in Journalism and Political Commentary

Mr. Holley is a staff writer for the Washington Post.  Previously, he has been the editor of "Insight," the Sunday opinion section of the San Antonio Express-News, editorial page editor of the San Antonio Light and San Diego Tribune, and editor of the Texas Observer. He has also worked as speech writer for Texas Gov. Ann Richards and Texas Land Commissioner Gary Mauro. Mr. Holley is co-author with Tara Holley of My Mother's Keeper (William Morrow and Avon Books), 1997, and he is also the recipient of the "The Pulliam," a prestigious national award for editorial writing. Mr. Holley holds a Master's in English from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master's in journalism from Columbia.

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Hull

Dr. Richard T. Hull
Visiting Scholar in Medical Ethics and the Ethics of Scientific Research

Dr. Hull is Professor Emeritus in philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he held a joint appointment in the School of Medicine. He has published and lectured extensively in the areas of medical ethics and the ethics of scientific research. Also, Dr. Hull was the Executive Director of the Texas Council for the Humanities from September 1997 to August 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University.

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2003-2004 photos