Survivor of 9/11 World Trade Center Attack to Speak at Franklin College

Franklin College will host the third lecture in its 2021-22 Convocation Lecture Series on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Branigin Room in the Napolitan Student Center. Michael Hingson, accompanied by his guide dog, Alamo, will present the lecture titled “Labrador Lessons from a Canine Hero.” Guests will be required to follow institutional COVID mitigation protocols.

Hingson will share and discuss the 10 lessons of “Guide Dog Wisdom” presented in his #1 New York Times best-selling book, “Thunder Dog,” sharing how we can apply these same lessons in our lives. He will use his story of survival and escape from the World Trade Center with his former guide dog, Roselle, on Sept. 11, 2001, as a backdrop to show how each of us can become a better team player and more open to the idea of trusting others.

Hingson will talk about trust, teamwork and life. Alamo, his five-year-old black Labrador retriever guide dog, travels the world with him. Hingson will share details about working with guide dogs and the many lessons he has learned from them.

Those interested in attending the event are asked to register at www.FranklinCollege.edu/convocation.

Hingson will be on campus for four days, lecturing in classrooms, conducting seminars and participating in informal discussions with students as a Council of Independent Colleges Visiting Fellow.

This lecture is generously underwritten by the Tillman Lecture Fund, established by 1970 Franklin College alumnus and Board of Trustees member Doug Tillman. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Franklin College tradition includes hosting an annual Convocation Lecture Series that promotes the ideals of the institution. The college upholds a common set of values that enhances the community and sustains personal, spiritual and professional growth for a lifetime. The college values people of integrity, a commitment to inclusivity, a culture of intellectual curiosity, the drive for innovation and creativity and the spirit of community.

For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu/convocation or contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, Greek Life, musical and theatre productions, and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.

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