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EAST LANSING — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind will speak at Wharton Center as part of Michigan State University’s World View Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cobb Great hall.
The lecture series features a variety of world-known experts on a variety of topics, and is made possible by MSU’s Office of the President with support by both the Wharton Center and the Leading Voices Series of MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. The best-selling author, Suskind, has written six books and been published in such publications as Esquire and The New York Times.
“In this deeply personal but universally resonant presentation, Suskind shares (his son) Owen’s journey from quiet solitude to animated communication.” write event organizers. “Their motto — your passion is your pathway — now guides educators, therapists and parents in tapping the deep potential in all of us.”
Suskind will be referencing his work “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism.”
“(It) examins his family’s 20-year adventure with his son, Owen,” said event organizers. “Having lost his speech at age 3, Owen used animated Disney movies to make sense of the world. As his family learned to ‘speak Disney’ along with him, Owen created a method to help his parents and medical experts reach kids with autism. Their story was also made into a 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary with the same name.”
Tickets startat $24. For more information about the event, visit whartoncenter.com or call 517-432-2000.