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Gaston Lecture Sept. 23 - Theodore Roosevelt

ASUMH's Gaston Lecture Series kicks off Sept. 23 with Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena

The Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) Gaston Lecture Series kicks off on Tuesday, September 23 with professional actor and scholar Derek Evans presenting Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena. The presentation, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required for the event that will be held at the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.

Theodore Roosevelt - "Teddy" to the world - was the face of America for three decades.  Powerful, opinionated, intensely loyal and devoted to the ideal of a just, honorable, and muscular America, Roosevelt has been energetically brought back to life by Derek Evans in performances from the White House Visitor Center to grade school classrooms, museums and theaters across the United States.   

Evans brings to life the 26th President of the United States, and offers lessons in patriotism, self-reliance, family values and the conservation of natural resources.  With his first-person narrative, Derek Evans travels through Teddy Roosevelt's days as a soldier, conservationist, athlete, philosopher, adventurer, Nobel Prize winner, scholar, teacher, visionary, father and 26th President of the United States. 

Evans has spent 40 years engaged in educational presentations for schools, colleges, museums and libraries.  He has conservatory training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and New York University and holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University.  He is a veteran of stage productions in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

From 1969 - 1988, Evans wrote, produced and performed in educational programs in association with Chicago's Urban Gateways. These totaled almost 7,000 performances for more than two million students over a period of 20 years and included Shakespeare, opera and American and British literary adaptations.  Since 1995, he has concentrated on living history presentations on Theodore Roosevelt, which now total over 500 performances.

Evans sits on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Chicago Chapter.  He maintains a professional reference library of over 400 volumes with emphasis on Theodore Roosevelt and 19th and early 20th Century American history.  These include the complete published works of Theodore Roosevelt as well as Roosevelt's presidential and gubernatorial papers and correspondence. 

The Gaston Lecture Series, funded by Jim and Jill Gaston, is offered free of charge in the fall and spring at ASUMH to challenge individuals to think, reason and learn.  For more information, contact Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH, at (870) 508-6019


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