Greek Life

Michael Hingson with his guidedog Roselle

Delta Gamma collegians and alumnae, in conjunction with the Delta Gamma Foundation and the University of Michigan’s Office of Greek Life, are sponsoring a lectureship which highlights their national philanthropy “Service for Sight.”

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7pm in Rackham Auditorium, Michael Hingson, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, will speak about his story of survival. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. This story of teamwork and his indomitable will to live and thrive is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog, and the major motion picture currently in production.

Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, saved dozens of lives by guiding him and his co-workers down 78 floors and out of Tower One just before it collapsed on 9/11. In Thunder Dog, Michael leads us through his moment-by-moment account from inside the tower. The book is also an inspiring look at Michael's accomplishments in life. Sadly, Roselle passed away in July 2011 but posthumously won the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award for 2012 in a star-studded gala in Beverly Hills, and televised in a special feature presentation on the Hallmark Channel.

Michael has a master's degree in physics from University of California Irvine and is an accomplished technologist. Michael has worked with inventor, futurist, Ray Kurzweil for more than 30 years and was instrumental in the development of the first reading machine for the blind. Today, the Kurzweil brand is the preeminent name in educational software and technology for students with disabilities for which Michael is a national sales manager--improving the lives of children, students and adults with physical and learning disabilities through assistive technologies. Michael Hingson has a deep commitment to education and is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards. Innovative Speaker's Network named Michael Hingson "one of America's top 10 educational speakers".

In countless TV and radio appearances, newspaper features and magazine articles, Michael Hingson does much more than recount his 9-11 story; he continuously explores the broader lessons of his life and experiences as a blind person in today's world and shares these lessons to educate, inspire and empower audiences world-wide. Michael has appeared on Larry King five times, and other major national broadcasts such as the Today Show, Fox and Friends, the 700 Club, Joy Behar, Animal Planet, and the Hallmark Channel.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture in the Koessler Room in the Michigan League.  The lecture and reception are free to the community.