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April 15th, 2010
Trebek to give Grosvenor lecture

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Alex Trebek. Public domain image.

STAFF REPORT

Popular game show host Alex Trebek, best known as host of Jeopardy!, will give the 2010 Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture at Texas State on April 21.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater under the title, “Answers and Questions with Alex Trebek.” The lecture will also be streamed live by the Department of Geography web site: http://www.geo.txstate.edu.

The annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at Texas State. Other sponsors are the Texas State’s River Systems Institute, the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research, and the Department of Geography.

Trebek will give the 12th annual Grosvenor lecture. Previous Distinguished Lecturers have included conservationist Patrick Noonan, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society John Fahey, Jr., and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Since the debut of Jeopardy! in 1984, Trebek has challenged and entertained millions of viewers worldwide during nearly 6,000 episodes. In addition to receiving five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, he has been honored with stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

Trebek also hosts the Annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.  In 2009, he hosted the National Geographic World Championship in Mexico City.

Trebek conducts a variety of other educational and charitable activities, including USO visits to military bases around the world, building schools and houses in Third World countries, and providing support for The Smile Train, an international organization that has provided free cleft palate surgery for more than 500,000 poverty-stricken children in developing countries. Trebek also has served for many years as the honorary Grand Marshall for The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC.

For further event information, contact the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education at (512) 245-1823 or jb42@txstate.edu.

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