Dr. Bennett Omalu and Jean Marie Laskas
Concussion: Don’t Break the Rules, Change the Game
Monday, October 3, 2016
As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), the pathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu became the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage as a major factor in the deaths of some professional athletes in 2002. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was discovered as a result of an autopsy performed on Mike Webster, one of the best Centers in NFL history. Dr. Omalu also was the first to discover CTE in military veterans diagnosed with PTSD. CTE has become generally accepted and his findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine, all types of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry.
Jeanne Marie Laskas, one of the most wide-ranging and appealing voices in contemporary journalism, has profiled everyone from Mr. Rogers to Vice President Joe Biden, to the lives of coal miners, cowboys, migrant workers and others whose work supports our day to day existence in her Hidden America.
Her most recent book Concussion, a New York Times bestseller, was published in December 2015 to coincide with the release of the Will Smith film of the same name. Laskas directs the writing program and is the founding director of The Center for Creativity, both at the University of Pittsburgh.
Free ticket required. Ticket distribution Wednesday, September 28, for Miami community; Friday, September 30, for general public.