Soccer player, Mia Hamm, and artistic gymnast, Shawn Johnson, will share their unique stories at the University of Louisiana Monroe as part of this year’s Lyceum Series held on Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in ULM’s Brown Auditorium. Hamm and Johnson are both retired after outstanding professional careers, with seven Olympic medals between the two of them.
Sponsored by the ULM Student Government Association (SGA), ULM Lyceum Series promotes intellectual exchange among ULM students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. The ULM Lyceum Series has hosted many authors, political pundits, journalists, captains of industry, movie and TV celebrities, as well as other notable personalities. The most notable ones include: renowned author Nicholas Sparks, political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin, ice cream entrepreneurs Ben and Jerry Greenfield, journalist and TV host Lisa Ling, lawyer and social activist Robert Kennedy, Jr., three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Thomas Friedman, and more. Hamm and Johnson are the first-ever athletes to be featured.
Laura Jennings, Director of Student Life and Leadership, said since March is Women’s History Month, the Lyceum Committee wanted to focus on finding a strong female speaker to honor.“We ended up finding two speakers who worked well together and created an interesting dynamic,” Jennings said. “Hamm and Johnson will discuss several topics during a moderated interview-style event, including the determination and dedication it takes to win Olympic gold. We could not be more excited!”
ULM students may purchase one ticket at a discounted price of $5. ULM faculty and staff may purchase one ticket at a discounted price of $15. General admission tickets are $25; and Patron Party tickets are $50 and are limited.
The Patron Party will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. in the ULM Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.