Jeff Bauman waited at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon to cheer for his girlfriend. In one flash, his life changed.

The Rensselaer Union Speakers Forum, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and the School of Engineering have joined together to present an engaging speaker series celebrating resilient lives.

“Change, Impact, Triumph: Stories of Resilient Lives” kicked off Dec. 1 with a talk by Dr. Richard Kogan, a concert pianist and psychiatrist who tells vivid stories about famous composers. Kogan gave a lecture and concert exploring the psychological basis of Beethoven’s creative life.

Two talks are scheduled for the spring. The first will feature Albert Manero, an engineer and founder of Limitless Solutions, which “artfully injects stunning design into the process of creating customizable prosthetics—like the replica of Iron Man’s bionic arm that was one little boy’s incredible wish come true.” The talk will be on Feb. 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Concert Hall.

The second talk will feature Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon survivor who was gravely injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Since that day, Bauman has remained a beacon of hope, strength, and resilience. The talk will be on March 31, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the EMPAC Concert Hall.

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