ARDMORE — The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation has announced the speakers for its 2012-13 Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series.
For 15 years, the free lecture series has brought smart and entertaining professionals to Ardmore.
This season's speakers are:
• J. Rufus Fears, historian and University of Oklahoma professor.
• Dayton Duncan, award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker.
• Wyman Meinzer, a self-taught Great Plains historian and professional photographer.
• Gentry Lee, chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Fears opens the series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ardmore Convention Center, where each event will be held. He will speak about “Presidential Elections in Times of Crisis,” focusing on elections held during the Civil War and the Great Depression.
Duncan will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 30, on “The Dust Bowl: Behind the Scenes of Ken Burns' New Film.” Duncan wrote and produced Burns' new documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” and has worked with Burns on other well-received documentaries. He will offer a glimpse at the new film.
Meinzer will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, about “Under One Fence: The Waggoner Ranch Legacy.” The ranch, which opened in 1849 with six horses and 249 longhorns, has grown to 525,000 acres and more than 12,000 head of cattle. Meinzer has photographed and written 25 photography books.
Lee concludes the series at 7 p.m. April 9, with “Curiosity and the Exploration of Mars.” Lee is the chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Curiosity rover landed on Mars earlier this summer, beginning a two-year scientific mission. “Lee will capture the excitement of the vehicle's mission,” according to a Noble Foundation news release, “describe the rover from both scientific and engineering points of view and place Curiosity in the context of the overall human exploration of Mars.”