The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. She was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine terrible months.
In this captivating message, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Chester Fritz auditorium, Smart will share her incredible story of perseverance in the face of a unimaginable situation. Her speech is titled “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story.”
At the age of 14, Smart went to sleep in her family home, no different than any other night. Awakened hours later to a cold knife held roughly against her throat. Her speech not only tells her personal story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery and not allowing one’s past to dictate life’s future.
Smart will emphasize the importance of having hope in a difficult situation. She encourages and offers great insight to all.
Hosting the event is the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics. This event is free to the public.
Delta Gamma Chapter:
In 2011, the UND Alpha Theta chapter of Delta Gamma established the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics. The chapter is one of only 20 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters in the United States to sponsor this Lectureship. A lead gift to establish this lecture series was given by Jacque Geving Everson, of Houston, a 1966 graduate of UND. Numerous other alumnae have contributed to the Lectureship endowment as well. This chapter strives to host events like this and to annually bring together students, faculty, alumnae and the Grand Forks community to engage in conversation about leadership, diversity, and the power of human relationships.
David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144