The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 87
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Having been in existence since the early 1900s, the Fine Arts
Series continued to provide students the opportunity to
watch talented performers and listen to informative lectures.
T he Fine Arts Series was originally called
the Lyceum Series, then the Artist's
Course. Although the name of the pro-
gram had changed, its function had not.
The Fine Arts Series was a program that
brought in performers and artists to give lec-
tures as well as student art shows and perfor-
The Fine Arts Series has had guests as early
as 1917 which was violinist Mischa Elman.
Then in 1918 the Fine Arts
Series presented Mme.
Spalding was presented in
1937. In 1990 the featured
artist was American poet
Lindsay Keffer, assistant director for Union
administration was the chairman of the Fine
Arts committee. Keffer was an NT alumnus
who transferred to NT after a brief experience
of college life in Lubbock, Texas at Texas
Tech University. Keffer himself was an active
actor in the Denton Community Theatre, hav-
ing received the Josh award for an outstanding
cameo role in "The Fantastics." In 1985 he was
awarded another award for his outstanding
feature role of the governor in "The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas."
Keffer had been at NT since 1971 in the
office of vice-president for student affairs,
which was later eliminated and Keffer's title
was changed to Director of Campus Clubs.
The wall in Keffer's office was decorated with
many personal items, among them the various
acting awards and a presidential medal given
to him by the former NT president C.C. No-
The 1990 Last Lecture Series began with a
lecture from Dr. Ruthanne Thomas of the
chemistry faculty. Thomas' lecture "Are You
Scientifically Literate: Do You Care?" as well
as other lectures were presented twice a day on
their scheduled days. The Last Lecture Series
hosted three other speakers in addition to
The main objective of the Fine Arts Series
was to round out the education of NT stu-
dents. Along with lecturing Artists, the series
was responsible for a variety of student art
exhibits in the Union. This offered the stu-
dents an opportunity to participate directly in
The Fine Arts Series launched a large adver-
tising campaign at the beginning of the cen-
tennial year which, along with the quality of
lecturers assured that the series would be a
long-standing tradition at NT.
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