Mitch Albom is the author of two runaway bestsellers, an award-winning journalist and even an accomplished musician.
But one of his greatest gifts is his ability to connect with audiences of all ages.
On March 28, 2006 at 7 p.m., the author of "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "Five People You Meet in Heaven" will speak at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Colwell Playhouse. Albom's thought-provoking and motivational presentation, titled "From Morrie to Heaven: Searching for a Meaningful Life," has made an imprint on listeners from coast to coast.
Albom's appearance is sponsored by the Center for Healthy Minds, a University of Illinois-based institution that stimulates research on the topic of healthy minds and seeks to educate the public about the factors that facilitate maintenance of a healthy mind into late adulthood. Headquartered at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Center research focuses on a broad range of intervention strategies that may improve cognitive function in older adults.
At 6 p.m., Center for Healthy Minds researchers will be present in the Krannert lobby to discuss their dynamic and exciting research on the aging mind. Research tools such as a driving simulator and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet machine will be set up for viewing and interaction.
"This is an opportunity for the Center for Healthy Minds to showcase the significant research occurring in the area of cognitive aging at the University of Illinois in a way that resonates with the public," Center for Healthy Minds Co-Director Denise C. Park said. "The community, especially the older adult population, has been incredibly supportive of our work and this is oneway to recognize their contribution."
A book signing will follow immediately after the lecture. Albom's most recent novel, "Five
People You Meet in Heaven," will be sold on-site by the Illini Union Bookstore. Tickets to the lecture are $5 for the general public and available through the Krannert Center
ticket office (217.333.6280 or 800.KCPATIX). The research fair prior to Albom's lecture, and the book signing that follows, are free and open to those without tickets.
Interviews may be arranged with Center Co-Directors Denise C. Park or Arthur F. Kramer prior to the event. They also will have press availability the evening of March 28.
The Center for Healthy Minds is an Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging. It is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging, a branch of the National Institute of Health.
We regret that Mr. Albom will not be available for preview interviews, nor will he address the media that evening.