Fairmont State University's and Pierpont Community & Technical College's Celebration of Ideas Lecture Series brings nationally prominent speakers of diverse viewpoints to campus each fall and spring.
"It is our goal to create a campus environment where open exchange of ideas is both promoted and celebrated," said Michael Belmear, Vice President for Student Affairs.
"We believe that the development of our student body must include exposure to a variety of ideas. Through this exposure, our students will be better prepared to operate in an increasingly complex society. We are very fortunate to be able to bring this diverse and talented group of speakers into the Fairmont community. The 2009-2010 Celebration of Ideas Lecture Series seeks to provide a variety of perspectives as they pertain to national and global issues."
Admission is free and open to the public for all of the events in the lecture series. Tickets are not required. For more information, call the Student Affairs Office at (304) 367-4215.
Monday, March 29
Turley Center Ballroom
Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. Her award-winning column, "The Color of Money," is carried in about 120 newspapers across the country.
In 2003, she published her first book, "7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well with the Money You Have" (Random House). The paperback was re-titled "Spend Well, Live Rich." Her second book, "Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich" was released in 2006, also published by Random House. She is working on her third book, "The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom," scheduled to be published in 2009 by Zondervan, a HarperCollins company.
Her book, "Your Money and Your Man" was a finalist in 2006 for "Books for a Better Life," which honors the best self-improvement books. The Washington Post nominated her column for a Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, her column won an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
In 2006, Singletary launched her first national television program "Singletary Says" on TV One. She has been a personal finance contributor for National Public Radio's afternoon program "Day To Day." She is frequently asked to appear on local and national radio programs. She has prepared personal finance segments for local and national news programs. In 2000, she was a regular contributor for financial segments for MSNBC. In 2008, she began writing a weekly Q&A column for host Tavis Smiley's PBS web site. She hosted her own radio call-in program on XM 169 The Power in 2007.