The Jackson County Library Foundation is launching a new lecture series that will strive to bring literary and cultural figures to the region.

The Jackson County Library Foundation is launching a new lecture series that will strive to bring literary and cultural figures to the region.

The foundation, which supports the county's libraries, will bring historian Douglas Brinkley to Medford in October. A professor of history at Rice University and an acclaimed author, Brinkley is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at South Medford High School. He will discuss his latest book, "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America," which discusses Roosevelt's legacy, including the establishment of Crater Lake National Park.

His lecture will be the first in the new Southern Oregon Arts & Lecture Series that the foundation touts as a renewal of the spirit of the original Chautauqua lectures. Related discussion opportunities are planned at libraries and schools.

Tickets to the inaugural lecture cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. They will be available at the door or online at jclf.org.

— Anita Burke