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‘Dancing’ conflict cancels Bill Nye lecture at IPFW

Statement as issued Thursday by IPFW:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Bill Nye, scientist, inventor, TV host, and cast member of the new season of ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars has canceled his appearance as Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) first Omnibus Lecturer for the 2013 season. Nye cited the short time span between his scheduled appearance at IPFW Thursday, September 12, and the premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Monday, September 16, as the reason for the cancellation.

Irene Walters, executive director of IPFW’s University Relations and Communications, expressed disappointment at Nye’s cancellation. “Everyone in the community was so excited about his lecture; so much so that all the tickets for it were reserved in just a matter of days. We are disappointed that he had to cancel, but are very much hoping IPFW and Nye can find a date in the spring when he can come and present his lecture.”

The Omnibus Lecture Series is dedicated to presenting diverse ideas through respected speakers to northeast Indiana. It is sponsored by the English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation and the Dr. Louis A. and Anne B. Schneider Foundation. Media sponsors for 2013 are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

The next Omnibus Lecture is Wednesday, October 23, featuring best-selling author Jeannette Walls and her presentation, “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons.”

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures. Tickets will be available three weeks prior to each event and may be obtained:

• IN PERSON at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletic Center, 12:30–6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

• ONLINE at ipfw.edu/box-office; a convenience fee of $1 will be charged

• DAY OF EVENT in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture, if seats remain

Each Omnibus lecture is on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient.

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