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Live to the Truth

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2011 to bring scholars from across the country to the University for presentations on thought-provoking issues, ideas and theories. In honor of the University’s 175th Anniversary in 2014, the theme of the 2013-14 series is “Live to the Truth.” Each of the speakers has overcome tremendous adversity to live up to Framingham State’s historic motto.

Michael Mack
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center 

Michel Mack is a clergy sex abuse survivor who will perform his one-man show “Conversations with My Molester: A Journey of Faith” followed by Q&A. Like many Catholic boys in the 1960s, Mack wanted to be a priest. That dream ended at age 11 when his pastor invited him to the rectory with ‘a project.’ His one-man show chronicles the events that took him full circle away from-and back to-the Catholic Church. Directed by Daniel Gidron, Mack's lyric monologue premiered at the 10-year anniversary of Boston's clergy sexual abuse crisis. 

Damien Echols
Wednesday November 6, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Damien Echols was one of the “Memphis Three” falsely convicted of killing three boys. Echols received the death sentence and spent 18 years on death row before being released in 2011 in an agreement with the state of Arkansas known as an Alford plea. The West Memphis Three have been the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Echols is the author of Almost Home and Life After Death and will address the campus along with his wife Lorri Davis.

Harry Markopolos
esday, February 12, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Harry Markopolos is a former securities industry executive and an independent forensic accounting and financial fraud investigator. It took him only five minutes to figure out that Bernie Madoff was a fraud, but almost ten years of repeated red flag waving and covert communication to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get the world to see it. Markopolos candidly explains his long fight to “gift wrap and deliver the biggest Ponzi scheme to the SEC ever.”

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