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Elizabeth Smart to deliver the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

| By Stephanie Weaver
Elizabeth Smart

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Elizabeth Smart for the 27th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

Smart, who was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City on June 5, 2002, at age 14, will give her lecture, Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story.

The police returned her to her family on March 12, 2003 after 9 months of being held prisoner. She testified before her captor, Brian David Mitchell, which led to his conviction. Using her experience to fuel change, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which helps other victims and their families. She also serves as an advocate for change related to child abduction, recover programs, and legislation.

“The Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture celebrates the memory of an educator who awakened in her students a passion for making a difference in the world,” said Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. “The School of Education is proud to join the Mount Saint Agnes Alumnae Association in bringing to Loyola’s campus an advocate who will inspire our students to think of how their education and experiences can shape them as leaders today and tomorrow.”

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation focuses on empowering other survivors of abduction and bringing awareness to crimes against women and children. Smart is also an advocate for the National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Smart wrote, My Story, about her experiences. She and other survivors of abduction worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide titled, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.

Smart attended Brigham Young University to study harp music performance. She married her husband, Matthew, in 2012.

This year’s lecture is presented by the Mount Saint Agnes Alumnae Association and Loyola’s School of Education.

Ticket information:

Mount Saint Agnes College alumnae and Loyola alumni will be able to purchase tickets on Friday, Sept. 1 for $15. A limited number of tickets will become available to Loyola students, faculty, and staff on Monday, Sept. 18.  General public tickets will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 15 for $20.

For additional event and ticket information, please contact the office of alumni relations at 410-617-2475 or alumni@loyola.edu, or visit loyola.edu/cleophas.

About the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture Series:

Founded in the early 1980s and named in honor of the late Sister Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, former president of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola University Maryland in 1971, the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture features addresses by prominent women who embody the ideals Sr. Cleophas espoused, including scholarship, leadership, and artistic ability. Previous Sister Cleophas Costello lecturers have included authors Amy Tan, Mary Higgins Clark, and Piper Kerman, poet Maya Angelou, and musician Mary Chapin-Carpenter.

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