Special to the Parade
David M. Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and History Professor, will share his expertise on polio as the guest speaker for the fall Distinguished Lecture Series at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 inside the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) Jacob Brown Auditorium on International Boulevard across from the Oliveira Library.
The event benefits the annual fund which supports student and faculty needs.
It is also a tradition for the speaker to talk to area school and university students. Oshinsky will draw from his book, “Polio: An American Story,” to tell the powerful history of polio, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, to the present-day struggle against polio in isolated parts of the world.
At the morning lecture, the winners of the student essay contest will be announced from more than 400 that were submitted.
High school students from across the Rio Grande Valley were invited to take part in an essay contest.
Oshinsky determined the essay topic: “How would you design your senior year to make it more useful and relevant in preparing for higher education or the job market?”
A panel of 13 judges selected the 13 best essays based on originality and thoughtfulness. Oshinsky picked the first, second and third-place winners. The top three winners will receive $250, $200 and $150, respectively, and the seven finalists will receive $100 each. The top three winners and finalists will be announced following his lecture.