The Max Pickerill Lecture Series has announced the first speaker of the year is author and screenwriter Steven Farney.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center located on the southeast corner of campus. 

Max Pickerill Lecture Series Features Steven Farney

Tue Jan 13, 2015 at 02:26 PM

The Max Pickerill Lecture Series has announced the first speaker of the year is author and screenwriter Steven Farney.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Cultural Arts Center located on the southeast corner of campus.

Farney is well known for his interest in Kansas history.  In 2004, he combined his two interests in basketball and history to write a series of books about forgotten teams and towns, players and coaches in the Sunflower State. 

He has authored four books on the subject and traveled to over 80 Kansas counties speaking about basketball history.  In 2011, his first book Title Towns was chosen by the state library of Kansas as one of the 150 most popular books in the state’s history.

He also has written many newspaper and magazine articles about the origins of basketball in Kansas.

In 2012, he was honored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas for his article on the early days of girls’ high school basketball in the state (1908-1921).

Farney has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows and has been featured in numerous newspaper columns.  These articles and many other interesting basketball tidbits can be viewed at his web site stevenmfarney.com.

In addition, Farney is a screenwriter and with his partner has produced over 25 screenplays, both feature-length and short film.  The scripts range from historical fiction to the paranormal.  One script features the true story of the 1952 Class BB Boys Basketball Champions from Brookville, Kans.  Farney hopes the Cardinals from Brookville will one day appear on the big screen.

He and his wife and three children currently reside in McPherson.

There is no charge to attend the event.  The Max Pickerill Lecture Series is funded annually by anonymous donors.

For more information, contact lecture series chair Linda Davis-Stephens at 785.460.5528.