Waynesburg University’s Rosetta Kormuth DeVito Lecture Series will host a guest lecturer Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Admission to the lecture is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
The event will feature an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of “Concussion,” the book that inspired the movie starring Will Smith. “Concussion” follows the story of Dr. Bennett Omalu, who made a startling discovery about the damage done to an NFL football player’s brain after game-related injuries.
Laskas’ lecture will explore Omalu’s journey from publishing a research article, to being featured in GQ through Laskas’ own writing, to being the subject of a bestselling book and, now, a movie.
Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of seven books, including “Concussion,” “Hidden America” and the award-winning trilogy of memoirs: “Fifty Acres and Poodle,” “The Exact Same Moon” and “Growing Girls.” Most of her longform journalism now appears in GQ, where she is a correspondent writing about a wide variety of subjects. She has been writing for national magazines for 20 years, with work appearing in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and many others.
She has won more than a dozen Gold Quill awards for Excellence in Journalism and was a finalist in feature writing at the 2007 National Magazine Awards. Laskas serves as director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing.
The Rosetta Kormuth DeVito series was created to explore topics related to business, culture and the arts. The lecture series addresses a variety of current topics that are of interest to graduate and undergraduate students and the community.
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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
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