Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

Featuring Mark Kelly, astronaut and author of
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Lenhart Grand Ballroom | Bowen-Thompson Student Union

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Book signing to follow

*Registration is closed for free event, but VIP tickets are still available

VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m.
$100 per ticket Includes reception and premium reserved seating

As part of events commemorating its 50th anniversary celebration, University Libraries will host astronaut and author Mark Kelly as part of its Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series this fall.

The free, public event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Kelly’s presentation begins at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing.

With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

Kelly is known for captivating audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he will reveal what he believes are the foundations for success to accomplish your mission in life and work.

Registration is closed for free event

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Past speakers who have presented as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series include Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” which was adapted into a critically acclaimed Netflix series; Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down, which tells the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Somalia in 1993 as part of a UN peacekeeping operation; influential chef and best-selling author Jeff Henderson, creator of the Food Network series “The Chef Jeff Project;” and Elizabeth Smart, who became a leading advocate for changes in child abduction legislation and recovery programs following her own widely publicized abduction from her home in Utah in 2002.

For questions, please call 419-372-2856 or email libadmin@bgsu.edu.