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Festival XII: Care and Health: A Generational Approach

Care and Health: A Generational Approach

“Care and Health: A Generational Approach” is the theme for Cameron’s 12th triennial academic festival, a dynamic, privately funded year-long symposium that explores a topic worthy of in-depth study. Through a series of presentations by nationally recognized speakers, Cameron will consider three distinct aspects of the festival theme: child and adolescent mental health, adult mental health and mental health support for caregivers and the individuals they support.

“Every day, news outlets report stories focusing on bullying, mental health issues and the struggles faced by those who need full-time care as well as their caregivers,” said CU President John McArthur. “I daresay that every individual will be forced to deal with at least one of these issues during their lifetime. We are pleased to present engaging speakers to address these concerns as part of Festival XII.”

Headlining the academic festival will be internationally renowned educator and award-winning author Dr. Michele Borba; neuroscientist and mental health advocate Dr. Nii Addy; and stand-up comedian, keynote speaker and author Leighann Lord.



Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Nii Addy, Ph.D.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Leighann Lord

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “Care and Health: A Generational Approach.” Over the years, financial support has also come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for the festival from the Cameron University Foundation and the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

“Care and Health: A Generational Approach” continues Cameron’s popular series of academic festivals. The first academic festival, “Year of the Renaissance,” took place in 1991-92. Themes of previous academic festivals have included cultural diversity; predictions for the new millennium; the effect of globalization on the human experience; Afghanistan; sustainability; the American identity and, most recently, interpersonal communication.

2023-24 Academic Festival XII speaker Leighann Lord

Please complete this form to request tickets to attend the the February 27th presentation of Festival XII: Care and Health: A Generational Approach. During Leighann Lord’s entertaining and enlightening presentation, “People with Parents: When the Roles Reverse,” the standup comedian will talk about ways to handle a life-changing experience. Her presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre on Tuesday, February 27. The deadline to order tickets is FEBRUARY 19.

Tickets will not be mailed. Tickets will be available at the will-call booth at the theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact the CU Office of Public Affairs at 580-581-2211 or if you need to cancel your tickets or require additional information. Thank you.

1) I understand that seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
2) In the event that I am unable to use the tickets requested, I will contact the CU Office of Public Affairs at 580-581-2211 or to cancel the tickets so they can be made available to other patrons.

Thank you for your interest in Cameron University's Festival XII.