Author Neil White Chosen as Garvey Lecture Speaker

News Date: 
Mon. 03/15/2010

Friends University Garvey Lecture Series will feature author Neil White in its upcoming lecture titled “Shedding the Facade of Perfection: Breaking Free of Prisons We Build for Ourselves.”  The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building on the Friends University Wichita campus. A reception and book signing with the author will follow the lecture.

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White is the author of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” a highly acclaimed, nonfiction book that captures his 18 months as a prisoner serving time for bank fraud at a U.S. prison in Carville, La., that also served as home to the nation’s last leprosy patients. He chronicles his journey as a man who spent his adult life building an image, yet ironically was sent to a place where outward image meant nothing. White will speak about these transformative experiences that allowed him to finally shed his own facade and discover personal freedoms and states “the audience will get a voyeuristic glimpse into a flawed life – as well as the lives of ‘the secret people,’ the last Americans imprisoned for leprosy.”  White added, “No real healing can take place in our own lives until we face our own imperfections.”

White was formerly a newspaper editor and magazine publisher in the New Orleans area. He now lives in Oxford, Miss., where he owns a small publishing company. Selected among hundreds of nominees, his book was recently selected as the third place nonfiction award winner for Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ Discover Great New Writers awards, a program that recognizes new, dynamic and upcoming literary writers.

The public is invited to attend the lecture, which is free of charge. Tickets are required for admission. Advanced tickets may be reserved beginning March 15 by clicking here. Tickets will be available for pick up April 1-15 in the Olive White Garvey Business and Technology Building, room 117, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door at the event. All tickets and seating are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sponsored by Friends University’s Garvey Institute of Law, the Willard and Jean Garvey Lecture Series was founded in 2003 and is supported through an endowment given by Jean Garvey and family in memory of Willard W. Garvey. The lecture series brings distinguished professionals to Wichita who promote conflict resolution and peacemaking at any level – from interpersonal to international relations. Dr. Dixie Madden serves as the director of the Garvey Institute of Law, which was instrumental in establishing the Master of Business Law program offered through Friends University.

For additional event or ticket information, contact Julie Underwood at 316-518-6737. For more information about the Garvey Lecture Series, click here. For information regarding the Garvey Institute of Law, contact Dixie Madden at

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