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Kimbel Lecture Series

William A. and L. Maud Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series was established in 1983 with an endowment fund created as a memorial to William A. Kimbel and L. Maud Kimbel. The purpose of the series is to present programs promoting an appreciation for the intellectual values in broad social issues, religion, geopolitics and the arts. The initial principal gift continues to provide financial support for the series, which is supplemented through the support of the Coastal Educational Foundation.

Membership of the Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Advisory Council comprises three designees representing the Episcopal Diocese serving the Waccamaw region, three faculty members from Coastal Carolina University appointed by the University President, and one member from the Coastal Educational Foundation appointed by the Foundation President. Council members are appointed annually and are responsible for the selection of speakers and active participation in the associated hospitality and events.

Speaker Roster


Irving R. Levine, NBC News correspondent April 1982
Art Linkletter, television personality and author October 1982
James Kilpatrick, columnist April 1983
Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet defector October 1983
Eva Gabor, actress April 1984
Howard K. Smith, broadcast journalist and foreign correspondent October 1984
Dick Cavett, television personality April 1986
Robert MacNeil, broadcast journalist, co-anchor MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour December 1986
Joyce Brothers, psychologist, columnist, author February 1987
Lewis Grizzard, columnist, author October 1987
Robbie Benson, actor December 1988
Es'kia Mphahlele, South African writer and literary scholar February 1989
Edwin Newman, NBC News correspondent April 1989
William Proxmire, U.S. Senator October 1989
Dale van Atta, investigative reporter April 1991
Boris Notkin, Soviet journalist October 1991
William Raspberry, reporter, author of Potomac Watch February 1992
Ed Rollins, political analyst, former adviser to Ross Perot October 1992
Fred McCall-Perez, health care consultant, psychologist, educator January 1994
Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist October 1994
Terry Anderson, Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent, hostage February 1996
Bob Edwards, host of NPR's Morning Edition February 1998
Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient February 1999
Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to U.S. Presidents Reagan and Bush February 2000
Robert Neyland, project manager of the Hunley Commission March 2001
William "Bill" Pinkney, captain of the Freedom Schooner Amistad October 2001
Scott Ritter, U.N. weapons inspector to Iraq October 2002
William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and
Michael Waldman, speechwriter for U.S. President Clinton
September 2004
Jean-Michel Cousteau, oceanographer, environmentalist and filmmaker February 2007
Ann Jones, writer, photographer, activist April 2011
Bonnie St. John, motivational speaker and author March 2012