The Institute for the Humanities at Salado is pleased to announce an upcoming program -- the annual Wilmer Lecture this spring.
Best selling author and award-winning historian, S.C. Gwynne brings tales of Comanches and football to Salado next spring when he speaks to the Institute for the Humanities. Gwynne will give the Wilmer Memorial Saturday, April 8, at 4 pm, at the Salado Civic Center.
Gwynne is a journalist and author who has spent his career covering major stories for Time magazine and Texas Monthly. But in recent years he is best known for his best-selling books detailing major historical events on such wide-ranging topics as the history of the Comanches, the life of Stonewall Jackson and the rise of the revolutionary passing game in football.
His book about the rise and fall of the Comanches, Empire of the Summer Moon, spent four months on the New York Times top 10 Bestseller list and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won the Texas Book Award.
His most recent book, The Perfect Pass, tells the incredible story of two unknown coaches who revolutionized American football by changing the way the game is played at every level, from high school to the NFL.
Besides writing five non-fiction best sellers, Gwynne has had a parallel career as a magazine journalist. He has spent most of the last fourteen years writing for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000-2008. His work included cover stories on White House advisor Karl Rove, NASA, the King Ranch, football player Johnny Manziel, the University of Texas, and Southwest Airlines. His 2005 story on lethal Houston surgeon Eric Scheffey was published in "The Best American Crime Writing, 2006" by Harper Perennial Press. In 2008 he won the National City and Regional Magazine Award for "Writer of the Year."
Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Gwynne worked for Time Magazine for 12 years as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor. He wrote some 200 stories for Time, including 6 cover stories. He won a number of awards for his work at Time, including a National Headliners Award for his work on the Columbine High School shootings.
He has also written for the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, California Magazine, The Boston Globe and many other publications. Prior to his career in journalism, Gwynne was a French teacher and an international banker.
Sam has a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University and a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
The annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture honors the two Harry Wilmer's who were instrumental in founding the Institute for the Humanities. The purpose of the Wilmer Memorial Lecture is to remember Harry and Hank Wilmer and also to remember other children and family members who have died and to celebrate life, death and spirit of humanity in the community.
The annual Wilmer Lecture is a free lecture given by renowned speakers. It is a gift to the community by the Wilmer family and others to help perpetuate their memory and the organization they loved.