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Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

Avila University Presents:

Distinguished Lecture Series 

October 14, 2019  •  Athletic Pavilion  

Featuring: Reggie Shaw


Reggie Shaw

On an early September morning in 2006, 19-year old Utah college student Reggie Shaw was driving on a highway he'd taken hundreds of times before. This particular morning he was also texting to his girlfriend when his car crossed the yellow line, hitting another car and causing the death of James Furfaro and Keith O'Dell. Reggie initially denied that he was texting and driving, eventually admitting his guilt when faced with damning evidence. A Deadly Wandering is built on a series of articles in The New York Time written by Pulitzer Prize winner Matt Richtel. The narrative of the book centers on this horrific crash, the aftermath and the scientific studies on human attention. 

Reggie Shaw will deliver the 2019 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture on October 14 on the campus of Avila University. Since 2008, Reggie has given more than 300 presentations around the country, telling his story in heart-wrenching honesty. His public speaking began as a court order, but it quickly became his mission to impact others with his very personal, very passionate, message against distracted driving. "Don't be like me." 

A Deadly Wandering book cover

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 2018 Truman Lecture was given by William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

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

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Lecture by Reggie Shaw - 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Athletic Pavilion
Public Reception & Book Signing - 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Athletic Pavilion

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