William R. Cook, distinguished teaching professor of history, author and featured Great Courses professor, will deliver the 2019 Willson Lecture entitled "Two and a Half Men Named Francis; The Saint, the Pope and me" on at noon on Monday, April 8, at Lou’s Place. Come be inspired by this dynamic and award-winning speaker and he talks about the importance of public service.
Professor Cook’s books include Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility. He is a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Giotto and edits The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy. Among his many awards, Professor Cook has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1992, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named him New York State's Professor of the Year.
The Willson Lectureship is an endowed speaker series that was established in 1946 by Mr. J.M. Willson and Mrs. D.M. Willson, and family. This year the lecture is also sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Scholars at Texas Wesleyan as part of their effort to further the cause of servant leadership.