'Concussion' Author and Investigative Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas to Speak at FSU

'Concussion' Author and Investigative Journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas to Speak at FSU

Jan 30, 2017

Framingham State University will host acclaimed investigative journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas for a special lecture about her efforts to expose the NFL’s concussion scandal on Wednesday, February 15th. Register for your free ticket here: http://fsu-jeannemarielaskas.eventbrite.com.

The talk will take place in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It is part of the University’s Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Laskas is the award-winning author of Concussion, based on her groundbreaking 2009 GQ article about the NFL’s concussion scandal, which became the inspiration for the feature film starring Will Smith. It tells the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the 21st century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.

Laskas is the author of six other books, include the award-winning Hidden America (Putnam, 2012) and a trilogy of memoirs: Fifty Acres and Poodle (Bantam Dell, 2000), The Exact Same Moon (Bantam Dell, 2003), and Growing Girls (Bantam Dell, 2006).

Formerly a contributing editor at Esquire, and a syndicated weekly columnist (“Significant Others”) at The Washington Post Magazine, she has been writing for national magazines for 20 years, with work appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, and many others.

She is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is director of The Writing Program, and founding director of The Center for Creativity.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.