We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.
Washington University is gearing up for the sixth annual meeting of the CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY (CGI U), which will be held in St. Louis next month. Featured speakers include: Clinton Foundation board member CHELSEA CLINTON, talk show host STEPHEN COLBERT, Yunus Centre chairman MUHAMMAD YUNUS, and actress/advocate JADA PINKETT-SMITH. The meeting, which takes place April 5 to 7, will join innovators, thought leaders and civic leaders with more than 1,000 college students worldwide to make ‘Commitments to Action’ to address today’s most pressing global challenges.
SAMANTHA SHANKER, a Ladue H.S. senior, has been recognized by C-SPAN for her documentary, On Education. Samantha was named an Honorable Mention winner in C-SPAN’s student video documentary competition that attracted 3,500 submissions nationwide. The network challenged students to answer the question, What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013? For her part, Samantha interviewed teachers and students at her school. “We need to start listening to the voices within our schools,” she tells LN, adding that she hopes her message will reach the White House. Samantha is the daughter of WENDY and SCOTT SHANKER of Ladue.
A film that made its debut at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival will premiere in St. Louis next month. No Place on Earth is a documentary that plays like a feature film and chronicles the stories of Jewish families who hid from the Nazis in the Ukraine’s ‘gypsum giants,’ some of the longest horizontal caves in the world. The film is produced by RAFAEL MARMOR, whose aunt, Lifelong Vision Foundation executive director MARILYN SPIRT, helped convince Magnolia Films to include St. Louis as one of 12 cities in which it will open. No Place on Earth opens at Plaza Frontenac Cinema April 26.
Rung Boutique founder ALI KINDLE has announced the opening of Sprung, a nonprofit resale shop that offers maternity wear, children’s clothing and accessories. Modeled after Rung (which donates a portion of its sales to the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis), the new Sprung will contribute a significant portion of its proceeds to Nurses for Newborns. Both boutiques are housed at 9739 Manchester Road in Rock Hill.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of STL LOST PETS (STLLostPets.org), a free online database that helps owners track down missing pets, three of the area’s largest animal care agencies are offering microchipping services at a discount. Throughout the month of March, Humane Society of Missouri, Animal Protective Association of Missouri and St. Louis County Animal Care and Control are providing microchips for only $19.99 per pet. Each microchip, a tiny transporter inserted under a pet’s skin, has an I.D. number that is matched to the animal’s owner. Statistics show that without I.D., 90 percent of lost pets never return home.