Distinguished Speaker Series

TMCC Distinguished Speaker Series

The TMCC Distinguished Speaker Series aims to bring a broad spectrum of speakers to the college to enrich the academic lives of students and community members.

The opportunity to hear a variety of speakers and attend different events offers a greater understanding of different cultural perspectives to participants.

2013 Distinguished Speakers

Ruth Anne Kocour
Sept. 19, 2013, 7 p.m.
Dandini Campus, Sierra Building, Room 108

Ruth Anne Kocour takes us on her journeys to K2 and Pakistan's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, Kashmir, Tajikistan, and China, which are the subject of her new book, Walking the War Zones of Pakistan.

Ticket Information: $10 for General Admission; $5 for Students with any valid student ID, or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, please call 775-673-7182.

Past Speakers


Fred Kaufman, PBS' Nature, Executive Producer
April 2013
For two decades, Fred Kaufman has been a leading executive in the natural history genre. As the executive producer of the acclaimed Nature series, he has won multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards and has overseen the series from 1991 to the present. During his tenure, Nature has been honored with more than 600 industry awards. Kaufman was named the recipient of the 2012 International Wildlife Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.


Lucy R. Lippard, Author
Nov. 2012
The "Mixed Blessings" Symposium was held November 8-10, 2012 at Truckee Meadows Community College and Nevada Museum of Art, and featured presentations and creative projects of American Indian art, literature and film. The Symposium featured a keynote address by Lucy R. Lippard, author of Mixed Blessings, New Art in a Multicultural America. Mixed Blessings is the first book to discuss the cross-cultural process taking place in the work of contemporary Latino, Native-, African-, and Asian-American artists.


Dr. Donald Johanson, Paleoanthropologist
Sept. 2011
Dr. Johanson is one of the world's most recognizable paleoanthropologists and most well-known for his finding of a 40-percent complete skeleton of a previously unknown type of ancient hominid, which was named "Lucy." Committed to sharing and explaining scientific discoveries to the general public, Johanson's outreach efforts have spanned multiple mediums--including television, books, and the award-winning science website Becoming Human.

Sam Abell, National Geographic Photographer
April 2011
Sam Abell's work has been published in National Geographic for three decades. An acclaimed landscape photographer, he is the author of several best-selling books on photography including the well-received "The Life of a Photograph." Abell is also a writer and an influential teacher throughout the world. This event was sponsored by Canon.


Mme. Jehan Sadat, World Activist and Educator
October 2009
Madame Jehan Sadat, the wife of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, has presented the face of the modern Arab woman to the Western World through her activities at home in Egypt and her participation in numerous international events. She spoke on how she challenges the popularly held world-view of the Middle Eastern woman.

Stephen Venables, Mountaineer
October 2009
Stephen Venables described his life of adventure, from the Southern Ocean to the summit of Everest.

Maggy Anthony, Author
March 2009
Maggy Anthony, author of Jung's Circle of Women: The Valkyries will speak on her experiences at the C.G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology.The discuss will focus on the notion of older women as role models.


Sir Chris Bonington, Mountaineer
October 2007
Chris Bonington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering and also established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker.

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptologist
March 2007
Dr. Hawass shares his expertise regarding ancient Egypt specifically the death of King Tut.


LeRoy DeJolie, Navajo Photographer
March 2006
Take a Tour of the American Southwest with Navajo Photographer LeRoy DeJolie is offering the audience an insider's view from his lens of the tribal landscape, dancing and traditions of Native Americans in the desert Southwest.

Marilene Phipps, Painter, Poet, and Short Story Writer from Haiti
March 2006
God, Love, and the Leap of Frogs


Paul Zarzyski, Poet
November 2005
Cowboy Poetry

Joyce Tenneson, Photographer
March 2005
The Story of a Woman: A Thirty-year Career in Art


Dr. Shaker
April 2004
Chairman, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs
The Middle East: Challenges for the Future


Native Voices Festival
March 31 to April 3, 2003
Building Bridges Between Cultures


Philippe Cousteau
April 2002
The Philippe Cousteau Foundation: Continuing a Legacy 
Waters of the World


Camille Cellucci
April 2001
Visual Effects Producer for the film "Titanic"
Making Movie Magic


Swami Prapannananda
September 2000
Vendanta Society of Sacramento 
Hinduism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Malcolm Miller
March 2000
Renowned British Scholar
The Stained Glass and Sculpture of Chartres Cathedral

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Calendar of Events

TMCC Fall 2014 Resource Fair

Wednesday, October 22
Student Center, Dandini Campus

Free Student Workshop: Understanding Student Loans

Wednesday, October 22
RDMT 412, Dandini Campus