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Oklahoma City Town Hall kicks off 80th season of lectures

Oklahoma City Town Hall welcomes six noted lecturers for its 2012-13 season.
BY RICK ROGERS Published: September 2, 2012

The 18th century novelist Laurence Sterne once wrote that “the desire of knowledge ... increases with the acquisition of it.” Oklahoma City Town Hall invites such seekers of knowledge to help perpetuate that tradition during its 80th season of lectures.

This season's series will explore a wide range of topics, everything from foreign affairs, terrorism and the impact of globalization to religion, history and the White House's pastry kitchen.

Town Hall's 2012-13 season opens Sept. 20 with an appearance by Martha Raddatz, an ABC News foreign affairs correspondent. A frequent guest on National Public Radio and Washington Week, Raddatz will take “A Look at the World's Hot Spots” as she examines the challenges facing the United States today. Guitarist Edgar Cruz will perform before the lecture.

Barry Asmus, a senior economist for the National Center for Policy Analysis, will speak Oct. 18 about “Globalization and How it Affects America's Future.” Asmus will address issues of sustained economic growth, the government's sale of assets and harnessing the power of incentives to produce jobs and prosperity.

The fall portion of the season draws to a close Nov. 15 with a lecture titled “The Face of 21st Century Terrorism.” Speaker Clint Van Zandt, a criminal analyst for NBC/MSNBC, spent 25 years with the FBI and brought about the release of numerous hostage and kidnap victims.

On Feb. 21, former White House executive pastry chef Roland Mesnier will offer a glimpse into the lives of the five first families he served. From the Carter administration to that of George W. Bush, Mesnier created thousands of elegant and delicious desserts.

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