LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN (Times Free Press) -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an education historian, an urban farming activist and a public radio show producer will talk with Chattanooga locals during this year's Hunter Lecture Series at UTC.

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, MacArthur Fellow Will Allen and "This American Life" host Ira Glass are this year's featured speakers.

The lecture series was created five years ago to bring respected influential figures to Chattanooga, said Lori Quillen, community program director for the Benwood Foundation.

"We try to find speakers who are engaging and bring a different perspective to Chattanooga," Quillen said. "It should be an engaging experience, and something that you can't do anywhere else."

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