Jack Williamson Lectureship combined with annual film festival

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Alisa Boswell ‘Exciting’ is a term many Eastern New Mexico University faculty used when talking about the upcoming 35th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship and the fourth annual High Plains Film Festival, which will be taking place March 31 through April 2. This year marks the first time the two events have been combined and the […]

Williamson Lectureship in 34th year

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The animated movie “Avatar” and a professional physicist who writes science fiction are set to play a part at the 34th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University. The event runs Thursday and Friday, with a Thursday young writers panel at the Portales Public Library and an […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Lectureship this week, “Mythbusters” tonight

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico morning briefing. Wednesday’s weather is much like the rest of the week … dry and windy, with plenty of sun. Highs are in the 70s. Did you know? The Eastern New Mexico University Jack Williamson Science Fiction Lectureship, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, is in its […]

Nobel prize justly awarded to pioneers

Freedom New Mexico With all the hoopla over the fellow who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the prize in Economic Science for 2009 has received less attention than usual. The recipients, Elinor Ostrom of the University of Indiana and Oliver Williamson of the University of California-Berkeley, did pioneering and practical work in understanding how […]

ENMU hosting 33rd Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Step into the world behind the other worlds of science fiction. Thursday and Friday, Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 33rd Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship, which features speeches and panel discussions by science fiction writers and editors. Lectureship organizer Patrice Caldwell said writers are solitary people, but when […]

ENMU hosting Jack Williamson Lectureship on April 10

PORTALES — The 33rd annual Jack Williamson Lectureship at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will welcome a galaxy of science fiction authors and editors on Friday, April 10.

Feb. 1, 2009 Births

Bare-Williamson Collin Ray Bare-Williamson and Valerie Nicole Bare-Williamson were born Dec. 19, 2008, at University Medical Center in Lubbock to Dustin Bare-Williamson and Samantha Dropps, both of Portales. Collin weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Valerie weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents are Alan and Mary Ann Dropps of Clovis and Rosalee Williamson of Portales and […]

Late author honored

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer A panel of science fiction writers and 80 guests attended the 32nd annual Jack Williamson Lectureship on Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. This year’s lectureship marks what would have been the month of Williamson’s 100th birthday. “We were worried that when Jack died, the lectureships might end,” said […]

Events Calendar, April 11

TodayJack Williamson Lectureship — 11:45 a.m. luncheon, Campus Union Ballroom, Eastern New Mexico University. Panels at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival — Milnesand Community Center and other locations. Information: 762-6997 or chickenfestival@yahoo.com SaturdayGreat American Clean-Up — 8 a.m. to noon City Park7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival — […]

Book on Williamson’s works to make debut at ENMU lectureship

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A tribute to the science fiction works of Jack Williamson will be made available for the first time at the Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Jack Williamson Lectureship.

Williamson lectureship set

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Reporter Science fiction fans will descend on Eastern New Mexico University for the 31st annual Williamson Lectureship in early April. The lectureship has been a campus tradition since 1977 to honor science fiction author and Grand Master Jack Williamson. Authors are invited to visit the campus and discuss the interactions […]

Food for thought: One Book: One Town kicks off

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico The Portales community is invited to participate in “One Book: One Town” beginning with an introductory meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Portales Public Library. The activity is one of the events surrounding a Smithsonian Institute exhibit now on display at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. Denise […]

County spelling bee returning

PNT Staff Report A county spelling bee is coming back to Roosevelt County and spellers are busy studying their Paideas in anticipation. Winners and runners-up from school spelling competitions will meet on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium to compete in the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Betty Williamson, county bee director, said […]

Official: Playa lakes’ importance not understood

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Many people do not understand the importance of the playa lakes, according to Tish McDaniel, Southern Shortgrass Prairie coordinator with The Nature Conservancy. An integral part of the High Plains, playa lakes are the main source for recharging the Ogallala Aquifer, she said. McDaniel has been working with landowners, […]

Friends posthumously honor sci-fi author

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson Lectureship were science fiction authors and friends who gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to continue the legacy left by Williamson. About 60 people attended a luncheon at the Campus Union Building to hear authors and […]

Lecture series will continue

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the loss of a legend, the 31st annual Jack Williamson Lectureship series will continue on in memory of the Eastern New Mexico University professor and pioneering science fiction author. This year’s lectureship theme will be “From Metal Man to Stonehenge Gate: 79 Years of Science Fiction,” according to […]

History comes to life

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Speaker Van Ann Moore brought to life Carrie Wooster Tingley and Katherine Kennedy O’Conner to the delight of the audience during the seventh annual Women’s History Brunch and Exhibit on Friday at the Portales Public Library. Moore described the contributions and accomplishments of Tingley and O’Conner during the 1920s and […]

Local writer remembered

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from […]

Williamson considered one of science fiction’s greats

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular […]

Local writer leaves lasting legacy

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]