The school year got off to a bit of a rocky start, with my first lecture postponed due to the tropical storm in Florida. So it was on to West Virginia University, which moved the event to a larger venue than last year - and still it was standing room only! Thanks to the more than 1,500 students for turning out and bringing great energy to the room. Here's an account from the school newspaper. (The reporter wrote "selfish and heathenism" instead of "selfish hedonism" - which is how politician/commentator Alan Keyes has described sex outside of marriage - but her term is interesting, too!)
I was just noticing that it was a year ago this week that I launched this blog. Thanks to all for reading!
And, just like last year, this school year (my 17th full-time on the college lecture circuit) starts with lectures in Florida and West Virginia this week. Next week, the fun continues in New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Nova Scotia! It's always challenging to come back from the summer "off" and jump back into things with a slew of start-of-the-school-year lectures, but it's exciting to know that big crowds await. I especially like the energy of the early programs.
Oh...and I'm pleased to write this on the eighty-eighth anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment. On August 18, 1920, that amendment gave women the right to vote. Let's hope that as many women (and indeed, as many people) as possible turn out to vote this November!