AMERICUS (Feb. 22, 2012)--The annual Griffin B. Bell Lecture was held today in GSW's Jackson Performance Hall. Rebecca Costa, critically acclaimed author of "The Watchman's Rattle," was the featured lecturer. 

Rebecca Costa entertains audience with insight at 2012 Griffin Bell Lecture

AMERICUS (Feb. 22, 2012)--The annual Griffin B. Bell Lecture was held today in GSW's Jackson Performance Hall. Rebecca Costa, critically acclaimed author of "The Watchman's Rattle," was the featured lecturer.

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).

Touching on topics from her book, Costa lead an engaging presentation. She said, "Over time, problems become larger, more complex." Costa suggested people should base decisions on facts, thus alleviating much of that complexity.

Costa’s book, “The Watchman’s Rattle,” was rated as one of the top science books of 2010 by the American Library Journal, 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

The Bell 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.

Following the lecture, Costa hosted a book signing in the Marshall Student Center.

Costa Lecture

Rebecca Costa was the featured speaker at Georgia Southwestern's annual Griffin B. Bell Lecture today.

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Family and friends of the late Griffin B. Bell was in attendance for today's lecture. Left to right: Henry Crisp, Joe Daniels, Hulme Kinnebrew, Rebecca Costa, Nancy Bell, Janet Kinnebrew, and Jerry Scruggs.

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