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Light it Up Blue Keynote Lecture: In a Different Key, the Story of Autism

Apr 10, 2017
2:00 pm
Little Theatre
April 10, 2017 2:00 pm

John Donvan and Caren Zucker

Lessons from a small town on autism acceptance everywhere.

John Donvan and Caren Zucker have devoted 17 years to reporting on autism
for both ABC News and PBS, and in 2016 published their best-selling account of the turbulent history of the condition, In a Different Key: The Story of Autism. The book focuses on how the narrative of autism—the struggles to live with and understand it—serves as a mirror of society, with some players proving more heroic than others.

Their talk centers on a portrait of the first child diagnosed, autism’s “Case 1,” in the 1943 article which first fully outlined the condition. Mr. Donvan and Mrs. Zucker have spent much time with that individual, now an octogenarian, whose life outcome has been stunningly positive and encouraging, due in no small part to the extraordinary commitment to his well-being practiced every day by the Mississippi community where he has lived all his life.

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Special thanks to the School of Education, Student Government, Inc., and the Division of Student Affairs