Aron Ralston to Speak at W&L on November 1

Aron Ralston, the real-life story behind the movie 127 Hours, will speak at Keller Theater in Lenfest Hall on Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7. The talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Contact Committee and the Washington and Lee Outing Club. Following the talk, there will be a light reception at Kamen Gallery in Lenfest Hall.

There will be a screening of 127 Hours in Stackhouse Theater on Wednesday, October 31 at 4 PM, and there will be a table outside the commons on Tuesday October 30, Wednesday October 31 and Thursday November 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Stop by to learn more about the event and for FREE Contact Committee and Outing Club gear. We will be giving out Contact Committee cups and koozies, Outing Club stickers, and will have a raffle for signed copies of Ralston’s book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.”

An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days — without water and with no hope of escape — Ralston made a life-or-death decision. He chose life by severing his arm below the elbow, rappelling a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon, and trekking seven miles to find his would-be rescuers.

Ralston documented his life-altering experience in the New York Times best-selling memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which has been adapted for the big screen by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire. The film stars James Franco as Ralston, and his performance, as well as the movie, have been nominated for numerous awards.

As an inspirational speaker, Aron Ralston moves audiences with his unforgettable story. An ordinary man pushed to the limits, Ralston demonstrates the human capacity for the extraordinary. He takes you on a riveting journey in which courage, perseverance, and human will defy the inevitable outcome.

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