Elizabethtown College will host a series of lectures titled âEvenings of Lightsâ from 2021 to 2022. The first lecture will feature an abduction survivor and founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation Elizabeth Smart on November 11.
Other lectures include MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson on December 2, founder and president of Ocean Exploration, and RMS Titanic pioneer Robert D on February 16. Ballard, bestselling author Jim Collins on March 30 and human rights defender Karima Bennoune on April 20.
Smart will be speaking at the annual Leffler conference, which takes place in the fall semester. Bennoune will be speaking at the annual Ware conference in the spring semester.
While the majority of conferences will take place over the coming year, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Smart and Dyson about their respective experiences.
Smart was kidnapped on June 5, 2002 by Brian David Mitchell. She was then held captive by Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee until March 12, 2003. Since then, Mitchell has been serving her sentence at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Barzee was released from prison in September 2018. Smart has since protested Barzee’s release.
After her kidnapping, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and advocated for the promotion of the AMBER Alert, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and other legislative proposals to prevent kidnappings.
She has also published the New York Times bestselling book “My Story”, which details her experiences during her kidnapping in 2002 and 2003, and worked with other kidnapping survivors and the Department to create a guide for them. survivors titled “You’re Not Alone: ââThe Journey From Abduction To Empowerment.
Dyson, who will speak on December 2, is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. Additionally, Dyson has written nearly 20 books on black political leaders such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, and Barack Obama, as well as books on a variety of other topics. His book “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster” won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.
He is now a political analyst for MSNBC and editor of the New Republican. Previously, Dyson was a host for NPR.
Students, faculty, and staff can attend lectures free of charge, but college-issued ID will be required for entry. A full subscription to the lecture series, which includes the reception and dinner before Collins’ lecture, costs $ 355. A partial subscription allows participants to choose three conferences to attend; however, an additional charge of $ 110 will be added for reception and dinner if attendees choose the Collins conference. Individual tickets can also be purchased.
All lectures, except Collins’ lecture, will take place on their respective dates at 7:30 p.m. in the Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. Collins will be speaking at the Lancaster Marriott in Penn Square located at 25 South Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the reception and dinner prior to Collins’ lecture.