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John Lithgow, John Walsh, Yo Yo Ma coming to E.J. Thomas

9/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

John Lithgow, shown above left, is among the speakers coming to The University of Akron for the Forum Series this season. Also coming is John Walsh, shown above right, of the “America’s Most Wanted” TV show.
Photos courtesy of The University of Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Award-winning actor and former Akronite John Lithgow is among the notable speakers slated to appear as part of The University of Akron’s (UA) Forum Series for 2012-13.

The lecture series also will feature former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who made a run for the Republican nomination for president this year, and John Walsh, victim advocate and host of “America’s Most Wanted.”

The lectures at E.J. Thomas are joined this season by a bevy of national touring acts and productions, including comedian Bill Maher (Nov. 11) and classical musician Yo Yo Ma (March 14).

Tickets for Ma are already on sale, while tickets for tap dancer Savion Glover (Oct. 27), STOMP (Feb. 15-16) and Bobby McFerrin (April 23) will be available starting tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. Tickets for Maher will be on sale at a later date.

In addition, E.J. Thomas officials have announced its Broadway in Akron shows for the season. The series features “Shrek: The Musical” (Jan. 8-9), “Hair” (March 5-6), “Dreamgirls” (April 9-10), “West Side Story” (May 7-8) and “The Addams Family” (June 12-13). Subscription packages are still available for purchase. Single tickets for those shows will go on sale later in the season. For sale date updates, go to www.broadwayin akron.com.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Forum Series. All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. unless noted. Scheduled to appear are:

• Ken Dychtwald, Sept. 13, on “The Aging of America: How We Must Transform Our Lives, Our Businesses, Our Communities.”

• Janine Benyus, Sept. 20, on “Nature’s Apprentices: Biomimicry in the Great Lakes and Beyond.”

• Steven D. Levitt, author of “Freakonomics,” Sept. 24, on how economics is at its root the study of incentives, or how people get what they want or need when other people want it, too.

• Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China, Oct. 15, on “U.S.-China Relations in an Election Year.”

• Michelle Alexander, Feb. 7, on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

• John Walsh, March 13, on “Living Life with a Mission.”

Tickets for the six lectures are available as a subscription. In addition, there are four additional lectures that are not part of the subscription series. They are:

• Jim Tressel, Sept. 17, at the special time of 6 p.m., on “The Journey of Success.”

• Wes Moore, Oct. 23, on “One Name, Two Fates: The Consequences of Personal Responsibility.”

• Dr. Terry Gordon, retired Akron cardiologist, Nov. 13, on “The Wounded Healer.”

• John Lithgow, April 18, on “The Power of Storytelling.”

Individual Forum Series lecture tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for UA faculty, staff and senior citizens and $6 for UA students. Exceptions are the Tressel lecture, which is free for all, and the Moore lecture, which is free for UA students.

Subscriptions can be purchased until Sept. 12. The six-lecture package is $42 for the general public, $30 for UA faculty, staff and senior citizens and $18 for UA students. Subscription holders are eligible for discounts on the other four lectures.

Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased in person at the Thomas Hall Ticket Office Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by calling 330-972-7570.

E.J. Thomas is located at 198 Hill St. For more information, visit the website www.uaevents.com.

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