Academic/Campus Life

Jupiter Lifelong Learning Society Presents Dr. Bennet Omalu

Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society will present a lecture by Dr. Bennet Omalu on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., in Jupiter.

Dr. Bennet Omalu


By Lauren Woeber | 12/21/2015

JUPITER, Fla. (December 21, 2015) - Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter will present a lecture by  Dr. Bennet Omalu on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., in Jupiter.

Omalu’s lecture, “An Evening with Dr. Bennet Omalu,” is about his experience as the first doctor to diagnose chronic brain trauma and identify it as a major factor in the deaths of some professional NFL athletes. His findings were met by an immediate backlash and a media firestorm, leading Omalu to take on the NFL in a move that would forever change sports and medicine. His fight to make the truth known is chronicled in the upcoming film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith as Omalu, which will be released on Friday, Dec. 25.

Omalu came to the United States in 1994 with a World Health Organization scholarship. Today he holds eight medical and non-medical degrees and certifications, including a Master’s in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continues to work as a forensic pathologist, neuropathologist and epidemiologist. He is the president of Bennett Omalu Pathology, Inc., a private medico-legal consulting corporation which he founded and works part time as a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist at San Joaquin County in California.

J.A. Scott Kelso, Ph.D., will moderate the question and session following Omalu’s presentation. Kelso holds the Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in Science at FAU, where he is also professor of psychology, neuroscience, biological sciences and biomedical sciences.

William and Gail Boyan, long-time members and supporters of FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter, are sponsoring the event.

Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. For more information, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 561-799-8547 or visit www.fau.edu/llsjupiter.

-FAU-

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