Rebecca Costa, author of “The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,” is set to deliver the annual Griffin Bell Distinguished Lecture.

'The Watchman's Rattle' author, Rebecca Costa to give GSW's Griffin Bell Lecture Feb. 22

Costa: This country doesn't produce people like Griffin Bell very Often

AMERICUS (Jan. 27, 2012)--Rebecca Costa, author of “The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,” is set to deliver the annual Griffin Bell Distinguished Lecture. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Performance Hall at Georgia Southwestern State University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Costa is a sociobiologist who offers genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior. She retired at the height of her career in Silicon Valley where she was a CEO and founder of one the largest marketing firms (sold in 1997 to J. Walter Thompson). “Deeply humbled and honored” to headline the 2012 Griffin Bell Lecture, Costa believes Griffin Bell was truly a one-of-a-kind individual.

“I could argue that our great consternation in Washington, D.C. right now is because we don’t have people like Griffin Bell there anymore,” said Costa. “He walked both sides of the isle and helped others understand the rational basis of decisions. Whether he was operating in high finance on Wall Street, or he was dealing with foreign nations, he was able to accomplish so very much. This country doesn’t produce people like Griffin Bell very often.”

Costa’s book, “The Watchman’s Rattle,” received critical acclaim immediately upon publication. The American Library Journal rated it as one of the top science books of 2010, and ABC News affiliates named Costa’s work the top “green” book of the year. Larry King selected it as his “Pick of The Week” Oct. 19, 2010, and an unusual mix of celebrities and thought-leaders including adventurist, Richard Branson; publishing tycoon, Tina Brown; Nobel Laureate, James Watson; businessman, Donald Trump; and Senators Bill Bradley and Bill Richardson, offered praise for Costa’s work.

“My wife and I had the privilege of hearing Ms. Costa speak at a national university presidents’ meeting last summer,” said GSW President Kendall Blanchard. “We also had the opportunity to meet her.  We were impressed by her engaging and entertaining style and her ability to put complex issues into terms that the average listener could understand. At the same time she forces the listener to think. I am pleased that she has accepted our invitation and am confident that those who fit her lecture into their schedule will go away feeling it was time well spent.”

The Lecture Series, which annually brings notable individuals and outstanding alumni to campus to share their experiences, is made possible through a gift from the late Griffin B. Bell, GSW alumnus and former U.S. attorney general.

A book signing with Costa will be held on Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Java City within the Marshall Student Center. Copies of “The Watchman’s Rattle” are available now at the GSW Bookstore.

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