Friday, Dec 6
12 – 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec 6
Location: Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom
5:00 p.m. Refreshments and Poster Session
6:00 pm Introduction and Lecture
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 775.784.6925 on or before October 10, 2013
William Kamkwamba of Malawi is co-author of the New York Times best selling book, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope." His story reads like a fable. At the age of 14, after being forced to drop out of school because his family could not afford tuition, he regularly visited his village's library and found the book, Using Energy, which included illustrations and an explanation of windmills. Without any background in engineering, limited English skills, and using only PVC pipe, a tractor fan, an old bicycle frame, and tree branches, on his own William succeeded at erecting a windmill, which brought electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his home and community.
As a result of his invention, William received incredible international support, allowing him to return to school as well as complete other projects he envisioned for his community, including a solar-powered water pump to supply clean water; a water well drill to pump water from deeper spots, and a drip irrigation system to protect his family from future drought. He is currently a student at Dartmouth College.
William has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on numerous networks, including ABC's Good Morning America; CSPAN's Book-TV; NPR, and Comedy Central's The Daily Show. An accomplished speaker, he has addressed audiences multiple times on TED; at the 2008 World Economic Forum, and at schools and universities across the globe. William's is a remarkable success story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds. His talk will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual to change the world. We sincerely hope you will join us at this most significant event.
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