In May 1996, Steve Davidson and Susan Davidson McClenahan of the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation announced the endowment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich, and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public. For a list of Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series Committee members, click here


Past Davidson Distinguished Lectures

(March 1997-Present)


Dr. Jane Goodall


Dr. Fareed Zakaria

 Doris Kearns Goodwin

 Celia Sandys

Dr. Spencer Wells 

 Dr. Steven Pinker  

Col. Eileen Collins

Thomas Cahill

E. O. Wilson

 Ken Burns

Bill Bryson

Richard Smith

Michael Beschloss

John Updike

Jared Diamond

Dr. Richard Leakey

H. W. Brands

David Brooks

Ben Stein

Dr. Michael Berenbaum

Sandra Day O'Connor

Alvah Simon

Lee Cullum

Anna Deavere Smith

Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson

Dr. Kevin Ryan

Ken Burns

Bill Moyers

Shelby Foote

Mark Russell

James Burke

Lynn Ashby

Prudence Mackintosh

Richard Rodriguez

David McCullough





Special Guest


World's Premier High-Altitude Climber


Ed Viesturs



Viesturs E Photo  high res headshotEd Viesturs is widely regarded as this country's foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He has successfully reached the summits of all of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, and 18-year project he christened Endeavor 8,000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna, one of the world's most treacherous peaks. He is only one of a handful of climbers in history and the only American to accomplish this feat.


A professional mountaineer, Viesturs works as a design consultant for several prominent outdoor equipment manufacturers such as Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and Grandoe Gloves. He also represents companies such as Rolex and the Seattle Seahawks. Familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary, Viesturs is also a powerful motivational speaker, covering subjects such as teamwork, overcoming major obstacles, and planning and preparation.



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Al G. Langford Chaparral Center


Tickets are not required for general admission seating. Preferred seating is available for Midland College Friends of the Series and Distinguished Donors. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Midland College Foundation Office at (432) 685-4526, or


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