Friday, April 3, 2009
The College of Education at the University of West Georgia will celebrate its scholars this spring with keynote speaker Liz Murray, author and subject of the Lifetime Television movie, “From Homeless to Harvard.”
The rags to riches engagement begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Education Center Ballroom and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. Admission is free and the community is invited to attend.
Born in 1980 as a child of drug addicts, Murray became homeless at 15 and began living on the streets. Through the mentorship of a devoted teacher, and determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a new life.
Murray’s story of growing up homeless in Manhattan after her mother became ill and died of HIV has been lauded for its grit and honesty. After successfully graduating high school while sleeping in parks and subways, Murray won a New York Times scholarship to attend Harvard University.
Liz’s story is exhilarating and her delivery innocently honest, as she takes audiences on a personal journey where she achieves the improbable. Murray’s first book, “Breaking Nights: A Memoir,” is scheduled to be released this June by Hyperion Books.
For more information, call 678-839-6570.