Lyceum Lecture Series

Victoria College is pleased to announce the following speakers in the 2019-20 Lyceum Lecture Series. For more information or to make reservations for groups, please call (361) 573-3291.  

Watch Susan Polgar's simul and lecture live

Access to the live simul and lecture will begin at 9:50 a.m. on March 2.


Journalist, Historian, & National Security Expert

Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, writes about politics, technology, and national security—helping to explain both where we’ve been and where we’re headed. He’s written for publications from WIRED and Esquire to Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine, which he helped lead to its first National Magazine Award, the industry’s highest honor. Today, he serves as the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity and technology program.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

5:30 p.m.
Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Leroy ChiaoDR. LEROY CHIAO

Former NASA Astronaut & International Space Station Commander

Dr. Leroy Chiao has a unique perspective of the world, being one of the few individuals to have seen it from space. The son of Chinese immigrants, Chiao became one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the United States’ space program. During his 15-year NASA career he logged 229 days in space and earned the honor of commanding the International Space Station. In his presentation, Chiao will share breathtaking photos and awe-inspiring stories of leadership, innovation, and running international teams from his four space missions.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019
12:30 p.m.
Victoria Fine Arts Center


Chess Grandmaster & First Woman to Earn the Men’s Grandmaster Title

Grandmaster Susan Polgar became the first woman in history to break the gender barrier by qualifying for the 1986 “Men’s” World Championship and earning the Grandmaster title in 1991. She became the #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 and remained in the top 3 for nearly 25 years. Polgar went on to win ten Olympic medals and four Women’s World Championships.

Monday, March 2, 2020
12:30 p.m.

VC Sports Center


News Anchor, Cancer Survivor, #PutACapOnCancer Originator, & VC Alum

After earning her associate degree from Victoria College, Natasha Verma became the University of Texas’ youngest-ever graduate at age 17, earning two undergraduate degrees – in broadcast journalism and biology/pre-med. At 18, she earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Verma became an anchor and reporter for NBC10 Boston in 2016. She was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 23. Her experience motivated her to form the Verma Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives free cap wigs to women and children fighting cancer. Verma recently joined NBC in Denver, Colorado, as the weekday morning anchor. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
5:30 p.m.

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts

About the Lyceum

The mission of the Victoria College Lyceum is to bring the world to Victoria by giving students and community members the opportunity to hear first-hand the ideas, experiences, and aspirations of individuals who have had a direct impact on world events, made major scientific discoveries, touched people’s hearts and imaginations, and molded public debate.

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