By Rebecca Hertz

Killeen Daily Herald

Sharon Randall, columnist and author will speak on Sunday evening at the Institute for the Humanities at Salado. Randall is the first speaker for the 2009 fall lecture series "Heritage, Heroes and Home." Her syndicated column "Bay Window" is distributed to about 400 newspapers across the country.

Institute board of trustees member Cae Carter met Randall at Ball State University last October where Randall was the keynote speaker for the Magna Cum Murder Crime Writing Festival in Muncie, Ind. Randall joined Carter and a group of friends for dinner the night before the conference.

"I asked her if she would consider coming to Salado to the Institute to speak and she said, 'I'll think about it,'" Carter said.

Randall's program "Going Home" should fit well with her popular style of writing about "everyday people and ordinary things."

The Institute lecture series began in 1980 and has hosted an impressive list of Nobel laureates, authors, poets, government officials, historians, philosophers and more. Four speakers are presented each spring and fall.

The Heritage, Heroes and Home series will present "Enoch Arden and Babar: Musical Monodramas of Heroes and Home," featuring Dr. Robert Freeman and Dr. Lucien Douglas on Sept. 27.

Texas author and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan will be the third speaker in the series presenting "Historical Fact, Historical Fiction: A Novelist Looks at Texas History," as the concluding event during the Salado Founders Day weekend on Oct. 25.

The series finale will be "Heroes: On-Screen and Off." The Marvin Memorial Lecture with "The Boys" from the movie "The Big Red One." According to the program flier, actors Mark Hamill, Robert DeCicco, Robert Carridine, Perry Land and Kelly Ward who starred with the late actor Lee Marvin in the film are expected to attend "to pay homage to their mentor and friend."

For more information about the Heritage Heroes and Home lecture series or to purchase tickets, contact the Institute for the Humanities at Salado at (254) 947-5729.

Contact Rebecca Hertz at rhertz@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7469.

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