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Tommie Lindsey Jr. to Deliver Brodie Lecture Nov. 2

Story posted October 21, 2006

The MacArthur Foundation called Tommy Lindsey Jr. "an exemplary teacher of competitive forensics (the discipline of public speaking, presentation, and debate), [who] is changing the landscape of opportunities for at-risk students."

Tommie Lindsey Jr., educator and MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" recipient, will deliver the 2006 Brodie Family Lecture at Bowdoin College at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 2, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Lindsey's talk is titled "It Doesn't Take a Genius." The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

For the past 18 years, Tommie Lindsey Jr. has taught forensics, rhetoric and debate at James Logan High School in Union City, California.

In 2002, he was featured in the PBS documentary Accidental Hero, a story about students from a multi-racial high school gaining life-changing inspiration from their coach — Lindsey — through the art of public speaking and debate. Accidental Hero won the Ashland Independent Film Award, the CityQuest Film Award, and the Scine Golden Eagle Award.

In 2003, Lindsey was awarded Oprah Winfrey's Angel Award, and was among the recipients of One Hundred Black Men Excellence in Education Awards.

He received one of 23 Genius Grants from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. The prestigious grant is given for an individual's creativity and contribution to society.

Lindsey co-authored the book It Doesn't Take A Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Success in Every Student.

Tommie Lindsey Jr. graduated from the University of San Francisco, earning a B.A. in communication and a B.S. and secondary teaching credential.

The Brodie Family Lecture Fund was established in 1997 by Theodore H. Brodie '52, an overseer of the College from 1983 to 1995. The fund is used to bring to campus at least once a year a speaker of note in the field of education, to deliver a message on the subjects of problems and practices of teaching and learning.

For more information call the Bowdoin College Department of Education at 207-725-3465.

Posted 10/21/06

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