MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY’S 2011-2012 ST. LOUIS SPEAKER SERIES debuts next week with Pulitzer Prizewinning author and historian JOSEPH ELLIS, the man behind eight bestselling books, including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and most recently, First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Ellis will appear Oct. 11 at Powell Hall. Other series headliners include VALERIE PLAME WILSON and ambassador JOE WILSON, food activist MICHAEL POLLAN and journalist TOM BROKAW. For ticket and subscription information, call 533-7888 or visit

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS is helping to build a new university half a world away. Educators in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, have requested UMSL officials, along with Missouri University of Science and Technology, to design degree programs at the new Sichuan Missouri University. According to UMSL chancellor TOM GEORGE, those programs include business, nursing, graphic design, social work and gerontology, mining engineering, metallurgical engineering, ceramic engineering and engineering management. The Chinese partners are covering the full cost of establishing the new university, of which $100 million has been spent to date. George notes that UMSL and Missouri S&T will receive 10 percent of tuition fees per student per year. Chengdu is home to more than 14 million residents.

Dielmann Sotheby’s agent MARCIA HARRIS and her associates are working hard to score actress GLENN CLOSE’s newest film, Albert Nobbs, for next month’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Harris attended the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival last month—her 16th year of sponsoring a film at the Colorado event. While there, Harris met with the awardwinning actress, who is generating some Oscar buzz for her genderbending role in Nobbs, a 19th-century period piece based on a short story.

Acclaimed novelist and former St. Louisan JONATHAN FRANZEN is appearing in town this month to discuss his latest book, Freedom. Franzen, a native of Webster Groves, will be at St. Louis County Library headquarters beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 for a discussion and booksigning. Freedom is the Fiction selection for Read St. Louis 2011, a joint program by St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library that showcases books in several distinct categories.

THE SHELDON is gearing up for its 100th birthday in 2012, and is calling on St. Louisans to help celebrate the milestone. Since 1912, The Sheldon has hosted concerts, weddings, Sunday school classes, gallery openings and other special events. Do you have a favorite Sheldon memory? If you have stories, photos or even videos of a cherished Sheldon moment, submit them online, to or send to 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 (Attn: 100th Anniversary Memories).

Is your alma mater a family tradition? Then show Ladue News your school pride! We’re looking for students whose moms and dads and/or grandmas and grandpas attended their same grade school or high school to feature in LN’s ‘Generations in the Classroom’ photo gallery. Send in a photo of the current student/s and alum/s in front of the school, along with names and their graduation year. Photos will appear in our Oct. 28 issue. Submiss - ions can be emailed to Meredith Bush,