Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

October 18, 2017
The Distance Between Us

Award-winning novelist and memoirist, Reyna Grande, will deliver the 2017 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 18 on the campus of Avila University. Grande will speak on her memoir The Distance Between Us, which tells the story of growing up split from her parents by the pull of the United States and her journey to America when her father brought her and her siblings across the border.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion: "Immigration Issues & Peaceful Problem Solving"
Featuring: Dr. Sofia Kahn, KC for Refugees
Miguel Salazar, Director of Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Maura Orpin, Executive Director of Don Bosco Centers
Kathleen E. Irish, JD; Attorney at Law


4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Public Reception: Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage Lobby

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Truman Lecture w/Q&A session

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Book signing: Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage Lobby

Grande was two when her father left the family in Mexico and crossed the border into the United States, hoping to earn enough money to build a homein Mexico when he returned. He later sent for their mother, but left Reyna and her siblings, who suffered a great hardship under the unforgiving hands of their father’s mother. Abandoned by both parents, the three endured but longed for the return of their mother and father. After an eight-year absence, her father took the children with him across the border.

Grande will speak in Avila University's Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage and the public is invited. Avila University is located at 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. Go to www.avila.edu/truman for details and to make a reservation.

In 1971, former President Harry S. Truman gave his stamp of approval for Avila University (then Avila College) to offer a lecture series in his name. Later that year, the first Truman lecture was delivered by David E. Bell, vice president of the Ford Foundation and Truman’s first administrative assistant. The 2016 Truman Lecture was given by Carolyn Maull McKinstry, author of While the World Watched: A Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Arts at Avila: These Shining Lives

these shining lives
February 22-25
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday matinee: 2:00 p.m.
Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

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University Closed Today

student scholar day

Due to weather and road conditions, Avila University will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Classes and events are canceled and offices will not be open today.

Overdose: The Opioid Epidemic film screening has been rescheduled for March 6. 

AU News

Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.