Distinguished Speaker Series

Compelling speakers from National Geographic Live are sponsored by the George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series.


The George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series challenges students to examine key issues facing our society and apply the tools of their liberal arts curriculum as they search for truth and enlightenment.

In 1998, Class of 1925 alumnus George A. McCammon established the George E. McCammon Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series at McKendree with an endowed gift in honor of his father, Dr. George E. McCammon. Dr. McCammon served as a Methodist minister for 18 years before he became president of McKendree College in 1919.

Like his father, Mr. McCammon believed that significant learning is not limited to the classroom. With this gift to McKendree in his father’s honor, he created a forum for the exchange of ideas that occurs outside the classroom.

 

 

 

Lauren Thompson

Dr. Lauren (LT) Thompson

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

History Professor


Dr. Lauren Thompson is an Associate Professor of History at McKendree University. Her book, entitled Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization during the American Civil War, was published this summer by the University of Nebraska Press. In January2019, she received McKendree University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. At McKendree, Lauren teaches the following courses: Civil War Era, African-American History, Race & Ethnicity in U.S. History, American Revolution, Labor History, and U.S. Women’s History.


Generously supported by The George E. McCammon Memorial Endowment

 

 

 

Lance Geiger: The History Guy
Lance Geiger: The History Guy

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

History YouTuber


Lance Geiger is “The History Guy” on YouTube, where he tells forgotten stories of ancient and modern events “that deserve to be remembered.”

His topics range from aviation history to forgotten battles, historical figures, and more from around the world. His award-winning channel has garnered more than 36 million views and 965,000 subscribers. 


Generously supported by The George E. McCammon Memorial Endowment

 

 

 

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the CretaceousNat Geo Live! logo

Nizar Ibrahim

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

Thursday, March 3, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.

Paleontologist


Spinosaurus was nearly lost to science before Nizar Ibrahim, a remarkable young paleontologist, discovered this prehistoric giant. With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous-era Sahara, Ibrahim tells the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes this ancient monster unique.


Generously supported by The George E. McCammon Memorial Endowment

 

 

 

The Secret Life of BearsNat Geo Live! logo

Rae Wynn-Grant

The Secret Life of Bears

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 7:30 p.m.

Carnivore Ecologist


Rae Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to ecological research and conservation. As a scientist with National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places Initiative, she works to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations, including North American black and grizzly bears. But when the wild lands of their habitat are crisscrossed by roads, fences, and ranches, how can bears and humans coexist peacefully? Dr. Wynn-Grant intends to find the answer.


Generously supported by The George E. McCammon Memorial Endowment

 

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