Jensen Lecture Series
Welcome to the WOU Jensen Speaker Series
The Jensen Lecture Series was created at Western Oregon University in 1995 with the establishment of the Dr. Arne S. Jensen Jr. Endowed Lectureship. Jensen was a 1937 grad of WOU, during the Oregon Normal School era; his father, Dr. Arne S. Jensen, Sr., had been a psychology professor at Oregon Normal School and a contemporary of Thomas Gentle.
In addition to public presentations our esteemed speakers make during their visits, they also usually participate in a number of related activities, such as panel discussions, talks for area high school students and receptions.
Speaker presentations are scheduled periodically and are free for the public to attend.
Ayad Akhtar will present April 9 at Western Oregon University as part of the Jensen Lecture Series. Akhtar is a Pakistani-American, award-winning playwright and novelist. His play Junk was nominated for a 2018 Tony Award in the Best Play category, and it won the 2018 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. His play Disgraced received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.
Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisc. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities and holds degrees in theater and film directing.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Free and open to the public
Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer available
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.