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2020 Truman Lecture

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This event will be held virtually/online.  Additional information regarding how to attend or log on to the event can be found on the individual event page or in the event calendar description.

The 2020 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture centers around the book Life in a Jar by Jack Meyer, this year’s First-Year Experience Common Reading. Life in a Jar is a dramatization of the life of Irena Sandler, a Polish Catholic social worker who organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children during the Second World War. Her story disappeared until it was rediscovered by three Kansas high school girls and refashioned into a drama, now performed across the globe.

Due to restrictions of Covid19, the Truman Lecture has been modified for 2020. Our presenters, Norm Conard of the Life in a Jar Foundation and Megan (Stewart) Felt of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heros, will be presenting virtually to a socially distanced in-person gathering of the Avila University first-year class. All other campus community members and friends of the University will be able to join us virtually via a live stream of the event.

Live streaming links and the digital program can be found at

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