Lamar University will present Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in a free public lecture in the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. An American dancer and choreographer, Jamison is an icon in the world of the performing arts. In her decades at the helm of one of the most respected dance companies in America, she has taken the company to unprecedented heights and received numerous honors, including an Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor and a National Medal of Arts. She was listed in “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event.

Sponsored by students, and hosted this fall by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series brings a significant element to the university experience by allowing Lamar’s academic community to offer two lectures each year featuring prominent speakers from disciplines represented by each of the university’s colleges. The University Theatre is located at 4400 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Beaumont. For more information, call (409) 880-8137 or visit