7 Apr

The WVU Tech Faculty Assembly Convocation Committee will host prominent author and speaker, Charles Hardy, on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Engineering Auditorium on the Montgomery campus, as part of Hardy’s national tour. The event is made possible, in part, thanks to Dr. Jack Hammersmith and the Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS) organization of West Virginia University.

Hardy is a renowned author and speaker – telling the unique story of his time living in the barrios of Caracas. He served as a Roman Catholic priest for nineteen years before being assigned to a mission post in Venezuela. In his memoir, Cowboy in Caracas, he writes of living in a pressed-cardboard and tin shack in barrios of Caracas, where he worked for eight years. He was, and continues to be, an advocate of the “common Venezuelan”. Although no longer a priest since he has married, he continues to live in Venezuela.

Hardy has traveled worldwide, speaking throughout South America, Europe, and the United States. In 2007, he addressed the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, which has hosted such speakers as General David Petraeus, Henry Kissinger, Ted Turner and Nancy Pelosi.

As Dr. Jan Rezek, chair of the WVU Tech Faculty Assembly Convocation Committee and assistant professor of sociology, explained, “Charles Hardy brings diversity of cultures and ideas wherever he visits. It is an honor to have him visit Tech.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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