The fall series of Downtown Dialogues kicked off in August, with three programs still to come. At noon on Sept. 20, Barbara Donalson will talk about her comprehensive book Kyle Tough, which looks at the history of Texas A&M University in the time of Edwin J. Kyle. The remaining two programs will feature David McIntyre and Sylvia Grider. The Downtown Dialogue series, “Life Stories: Authors in Their Own Words,” is sponsored by and held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Bryan, Texas. The programs begin at noon and are presented in the Parish Hall of the church located in Bryan.
Downtown Dialogues began last spring, when the planning committee at St. Andrew’s was seeking a way to strengthen its church mission of education. The committee discussed a number of topics, and felt that sessions on a variety of subjects presented from a personal point of view would inform people on topics of interest and bring folks into the Downtown Bryan area.
“With our church located in downtown, we are very interested in community development of the downtown area and the community as a whole,” says Alison Sawyer, director of communications for St. Andrew’s. “We have so much talent in this community and we want to help people find out about it. We believe this series of programs gives people something to think about.”
The first series in spring 2013 focused on the area of faith-based comparative religion. The fall series presents local writers, who will discuss what inspired their writing, how it has influenced their lives, and how they first came to embrace writing. August’s program featured Rusty Burson and Brent Zwerneman, sports writers covering Aggie athletics and other sports events. To find out about the remaining fall programs, view the list accompanying this article.