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Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

Avila University Presents:

The HARRY S. TRUMAN 
Distinguished Lecture Series 

October 24, 2018  •  Goppert Theatre  •  Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

Made possible through the sponsorship of J.M. Fahey Construction

William Kamkwamba
Featuring: William Kamkwamba

New York Times bestselling author and inventor, William Kamkwamba will deliver the 2018 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 24 on the campus of Avila University. Kamkwamba will speak on his inspired autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which tells the story of human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.


Born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery, Kamkwamba grew up in a land of drought and hunger where hope and opportunity were hard to find. Then Kamkwamba discovered a book about windmills. He dreamed big. Kamkwamba was going to build a windmill that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his family's life forever. Mocked him and called "crazy," Kamkwamba shows them, and all of us, what grit and ingenuity and hope could do. 


The Truman Distinguished Lecture Series began in 1971 when former President Harry S. Truman gave his stamp of approval for Avila University (then Avila College) to offer a lecture series in his name. Later that year, the first Truman lecture was delivered by David E. Bell, vice president of the Ford Foundation and Truman’s first administrative assistant. The 2017 Truman Lecture was given by Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Panel topic - Sustainability


4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Community Reception


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture



Sustainability Panelists:


Stephen Melton
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Jordan Schiele, Project Director
Jerusalem Farm
Thomas Schlange, Manager of Community Recycling Centers
Bridging The Gap
Lisa Thresher, Life Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7

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