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Spring 2012 –


After a hiatus last fall, the Institute for the Humanities at Salado is pleased to announce two new programs for the spring and the annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture in early summer.



“Healthcare Reform: What the Coming Changes Mean for You”

A Presentation of the Institute for the Humanities at Salado

and Scott & White Healthcare

Saturday, April 28, 1:30-4:00

Free and Open to the public – Registration not required

Mayborn Auditorium, Texas A & M Health Science Center

Medical Education Center on the Scott & White campus


In keeping with our new format of sponsored lectures, he Institute for the Humanities is excited to announce the collaboration with Scott and White Healthcare to bring you an update of the future of healthcare.


If you are confused about where healthcare is headed and how it will affect you, you are not alone. It’s a confusing time. But one thing is certain -- change is coming to healthcare.  No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the new healthcare law, the changing global economic climate and the realities of funding will affect the existing system even if parts of the new law are overturned. We are still facing changes in how we access health care, how we pay for health care, how much we pay for healthcare and what is available to whom. 


We invite you to join us on Saturday, April 28, for an update on what the healthcare future holds.  A panel of three leading experts in healthcare delivery, politics and economics will sort out what the coming changes will mean to you.  The two hour presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.



Panel Members:

Robert W. Pryor, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Scott & White Healthcare

Dr. Pryor is a physician leader with a distinguished career in large group practice management. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as chief medical officer of Scott & White since 2005 and also as chief operating officer since 2007.


Dr. Pryor is a Temple native and a graduate of Baylor University. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University.  He completed a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a pediatric intensive care medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. 


Dr. Pryor is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, as well as being a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He is also a member of The American College of Physician Executives.

J. James Rohack, MD, former President, American Medical Association

Dr. Rohack is a senior staff cardiologist at Scott & White Clinic in Temple and served as the 164th president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 2009-2010.


As a board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Rohack is actively involved in patient care at Scott & White Clinic, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and as the medical director for system improvement of the Scott & White Health Plan. He also currently serves on the Multipayer Claims Database governing board and the executive committee of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. 


Some of Dr. Rohack’s past leadership responsibilities include president of the Texas Medical Association, treasurer of the board of commissioners of the Joint Commission, and chair of the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 



C. Courtland Huber, PhD, Director of the Scott & White Executive Education Program (SWEEP)

SWEEP is an innovative, year-long, graduate business program for Scott & White leaders. Prior to this position, Dr. Huber was the Director of the Executive M.B.A. Program and Assistant Dean of Executive Education at the University of Texas at Austin for fifteen years.


Dr. Huber spent 24 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in financial accounting and managerial decision making in the Department of Accounting at UT’s McCombs School of Business where he was voted an Outstanding Professor a total of twenty-six times. 


Dr. Huber has served as an advisor, board member, and conducted educational programs for firms in the health care, manufacturing, service, energy, technology, and retail sectors. His undergraduate accounting degree is from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in business is from Stanford.


Location Directions:

Access the Mayborn Auditorium in the Texas A&M HSC Medical Education Center (MEC) from 31st St. Turn into the Scott & White campus at the ER entrance.  Go past the ER entrance to the first stop sign and turn left.  The MEC will be on the left, just past the helicopter landing pad.  The auditorium is located on the first floor just off the MEC lobby. 




Field Trip:


Also, that same week the Institute will host a filed trip to the Ransom Center for Humanities Research in Austin.  The topic for the trip will be the King James Bible exhibit, now on display at the Ransom Center.



The King James Bible

Its History and Influence

The Institute for the Humanities and the Harry Ransom Center, Austin

Invite you to the exhibition and lecture:

Thursday, April 26

5:30  Private, curator-led tour

7:00  Lecture and Reception

Harry Ransom Center

21st and Guadalupe Streets, UT, Austin


Limited to 30 pre-paid & registered participants

$35    To register call 254-760-7857

Transportation not provided


The Exhibition:

Four hundred years after its first printing, the King James Bible (1611) remains one of the most influential books in the English language. The Harry Ransom Center presents the compelling story of how this translation came into being and its lasting impact on our language and culture.

The exhibition traces the history of the King James translation, from the influence of earlier English Bibles to the wide variety of forms still present today.


The language and imagery of the King James translation has had an enormous effect on English-speaking culture which is illustrated, in this exhibit, by the Ransom Center’s literary, film, photography and art holdings.


The exhibition also features other notable Bibles from the Center's collections and some of the finest examples of modern book design featuring biblical texts.  The Center's modern printing collections provide colorful and original treatments of biblical passages by well-known book designers and artists. Included are a suite of prints from Marc Chagall's Exodus.


The King James Bible: Its History and Influence is the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center's history.



The Lecture:

Helen Moore, editor of Manifold Greatness: The Making of the King James Bible and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, speaks about the history of the King James translation.




Wilmer Memorial Lecture:


The annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture will be June 2, 2012,  the first Saturday in June, as always. This year’s speaker is renowned historian and journalist, Don E. Carleton, PhD.


The Wilmer Memorial Lecture

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Longhorn Conference Center, Stagecoach Inn  Salado, TX 76571

3-5 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Don Carleton

"History: Use, Abuse, and Misunderstanding."


Dr. Don E. Carleton is the executive director of The University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,  position he’s held  since its creation in 1991. From 1979 until 1991, Dr. Carleton was head of the University's Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center. From 1975 until 1979, he served as founding director of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC). He has joint senior faculty appointments in the UT department of History and the Schools of Journalism and Information. In addition, he holds the J. R. Parten Chair in the Archives of American History.

Dr. Carleton has published and lectured extensively in the fields of local history, archives, historical research methods and sources, urban history, the history of broadcast journalism, and Twentieth Century U.S. political history. His publications include Red Scare (Texas Monthly Press, 1985); A Breed So Rare: The Life of J. R. Parten, Liberal Texas Oil Man, 1896–1992 (Texas State Historical Association, 1998); Who Shot the Bear? J. Evetts Haley and the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center (Wind River Press, Austin, TX, 1984); Being Rapoport: Capitalist with a Conscience (University of Texas Press, 2002); Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company (University of Texas Press, 2007); Dolph Briscoe: My Life in Texas Ranching and Politics (Center for American History, 2008); Conversations with Cronkite (Briscoe Center for American History, 2010); and Big Red: Memoirs of a Texas Entrepreneur and Philanthropist (Briscoe Center for American History, 2010).


He is the Executive Producer of the historical documentary film When I Rise, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2010 and aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens.


Wilmer Lecture History:   (Note to Dean—this is same as last year)

This is the seventh Annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture which honors the two Harry Wilmer’s who were instrumental in founding the Institute for the Humanities. The purpose of the Wilmer Memorial Lecture is not only to remember Harry and Hank Wilmer but also to remember other children and family members who have died and to celebrate life, death and spirit of humanity in the community. This lectureship combines The Harry Wilmer II lectureship, formerly held in January, with the Harry Wilmer III (Hank) Wilmer Memorial Lecture, held in June.  The Wilmer Lecture has been an annual event since 1998, following the death of Hank Wilmer (Harry Wilmer III).


The Wilmer family and the Institute for the Humanities at Salado created The Wilmer Fund to perpetuate the memory of both men and help support the organization they created. That fund supports the annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture as well as other designated lectures and events that represent the Institute’s mission and the Wilmers’ legacy. 


Pre-registration is not necessary for this free lecture. For information about the Institute for the Humanities or this event, please contact the Institute office at 947-5729 or



New Directions:

A reminder: The Institute has undergone some strategic changes. Due to decreasing revenue, the board decided to change the traditional structure of its two series per year. Instead we will offer a number of free-standing, individual lectures underwritten by various individuals and groups in the community.


To date, we have had one underwritten lecture, the Mayborn Lecture, last spring which featured the Texas Tribune editor, Even Smith. The Scott and White seminar on April 28, 2012, will be the second underwritten  presentation and The University of Mary Hardin Baylor is planning to sponsor a lecture in the fall of 2012. These lectures are on topics related to the supporting organizations

Some things have not changed.  We will continue to notify and invite members and others via brochures and postcards detailing upcoming events. Our anchor Wilmer Lecture, underwritten by the Wilmer Fund, will remain the first weekend in June.  I remain the director and Erin Burress continues as the Business Manager. Our board remains the same with the addition of Jane Wilmer, one of the organization’s founders. Our mailing address, phone number, email and website area also the same.  


Institute Membership:  

The other thing that has not changed is our continued need for your support.  Membership is optional, but your annual membership is greatly appreciated. Membership fees and other contributions help cover our minimal operating expenses and enable us to remain a viable organization. If you desire to join for the membership year 2011 (Jan-Dec.), please print off our membership form and mail to:  P.O. Box  527, Salado, TX 76571


Program Recordings:

Recordings are available for all the lectures given at the Institute during the last 28 years. Audiotapes are $11.00 and CD's are $15.00 each. To order, please contact Erin at the Institute at or at (254) 947-5729.  You my also order by mail.  For mail orders, you may print our Order Form for your convenience.





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