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TO THE LAST BREATH: A MEMOIR OF GOING TO EXTREMES with Prof. Francis Slakey
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes
Georgetown College presents an evening with Professor Francis Slakey, Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and the co-director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest. Prof. Slakey will talk about his upcoming book To the Last Breath: A Memoir of Going to Extremes.
"In the bestselling tradition of Into Thin Air and Born to Run, Francis Slakey takes readers on a physical and spiritual journey to the most extreme points on Earth and deep inside the human psyche.
Before Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey decided to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had arranged his schedule to match his personal life: completely detached from other people. His lectures were mechanical; his relationships were little more than ways to fill the evenings. But as his journey veered off course, Slakey was ambushed by guerrillas, survive a treacherous storm in Antarctica, confronted a fatal decision on Everest—and every escape from death brought him closer to life.
A gripping adventure of the body and mind, To the Last Breath depicts in crystal-clear prose the quest that led Slakey around the globe, challenged his fiercely held beliefs, and opened his heart. Expanding his tale with riveting science and arresting insight into our relation to the earth and one another, Slakey takes readers across the plateaus of Tibet, into the heat of Tanzania, to the desolate edge of the Arctic, and beyond." - Amazon.com
A reception will follow the presentation.
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Georgetown College, Georgetown University
Founded in 1789 as the nation’s first Catholic institution of higher learning, Georgetown College is committed to the Jesuit traditions of an integrated education and of productive research in the liberal arts, including fine arts, humanities, languages, sciences, and social sciences.