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Elizabeth Smart to speak at Carthage: Tonight

September 22, 2017

Elizabeth Smart, whose abduction and safe return became one of the most widely followed cases of our time, will speak at Carthage College later this month as part of a series of local events highlighting the impact of human trafficking. Fight to End Exploitation, the Ruud Family Foundation, and Carthage are sponsors of this presentation. 

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in A. F. Siebert Chapel. A brief performance by local band Well-Known Strangers will precede the talk, and Smart will sign copies of her best-selling book, “My Story”, afterward. Due to the sensitive subject matter, the suggested audience is 12 and above.

Tickets are no longer available for this event. Proceeds from ticket sales support Fight to End Exploitation, a nonprofit that works to prevent trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin, and its collaborative I-94 Project.

Then 14, Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and held prisoner for nine months. She triumphantly testified at the trial of captor Brian David Mitchell, which led to his conviction and prison sentence. A movie based on her ordeal premieres on the Lifetime network Nov. 18.

Smart has become an advocate for change in child abduction recovery programs and legislation. In addition, she worked with fellow abductees and the Department of Justice to create a survivors’ guide.

The week’s schedule included these free events:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. – Art show, auction, and beer release with music by The Unusual Suspects at PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th St.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. – “Human Trafficking 101” presentation and performance by ALATS Dance in Niemann Media Theater, lower level of Hedberg Library
  • Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. – Film screening of ‘8 Days’ and discussion with survivor advocate Nancy Yarbrough in Campbell Student Union auditorium