Clarke Lecture Series to Feature ‘Survivor’ Winner and Activist, Nov. 1

Dubuque, Iowa – This year’s 14th Annual Clarke University Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will feature ‘Survivor’ winner and activist Ethan Zohn on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke campus. At Clarke, Zohn will present “Character: The Ultimate Survival Tool.” Tickets for the lecture are $5 and will go on sale Monday, October 3, by calling (563)584-8642.

In his keynote, Ethan begins with the question, “What would you do if you won a million dollars?”  It’s a thought-provoking question that became a reality for the former professional soccer player and coach.  After he won $1-million on “Survivor: Africa,” Ethan followed his gut and invested his winnings in something much bigger than himself – a non-profit organization called “Grassroot Soccer,” which promotes HIV and AIDS prevention education to Africa’s youth. 

Ethan is also the national spokesperson for America Scores, an organization that helps inner-city kids participate in educational soccer programs. Other extensive charity work includes the Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), Autism Speaks, St. Jude Hospital and Maccabi USA.

In May 2009, less than 30 days after his diagnoses with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was made public on the cover of “People Magazine,” Ethan was asked to serve as National Ambassador for “Stand Up 2 Cancer” and to stand in for Lance Armstrong as the keynote speaker for all of his LiveStrong Challenge Races while Lance was competing in the Tour de France. In April 2010, Ethan was asked to be a panelist for the Clinton Global Initiative University Series.

In recognition for his charitable work, Ethan has been awarded the “Nkosi Johnson Community Spirit Award” by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, the “Heroes Among Us Award” from the Boston Celtics and the Massachusetts State Health Department and the “Auxilia Chimusoro Award” from the US State Department in Zimbabwe. In addition, he was awarded the 2007 Peace Abby “Courage of Conscience,” the 2008 A Caring Hand’s “Philanthropic Achievement Award,” and was named one of People Magazine’s “Helpers of the Year” in 2005.

Originally from Lexington, MA, Ethan graduated from Vassar College in upstate New York, going on to play professional soccer for Highlanders FC (Zimbabwe), Cape Cod Crusaders and Hawaii Tsunami. Ethan also played for the 1997 and 2001 U.S. National Maccabiah squads. Off the field, from 1998 to 2002, Ethan was the assistant coach for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Men and Women’s soccer teams. In 2003, he was the head coach of the US National Maccabiah team at the Pan-American Maccabiah Games, in Santiago, Chile.

The Clarke University Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alumnae, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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