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Delta Gamma Lectureship hosts Dr. Bennet Omalu

Physician identified chronic brain damage in athletes

Published Sept. 16, 2016
Updated Sept. 21, 2016

Story by Sarah Sabatke

Dr. Bennett Omalu speaks on a stage with a projector screen behind him

Dr. Bennet Omalu. Photo by Casey Scott.

MU hosted Dr. Bennet Omalu, acclaimed physician and subject of the film Concussion, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics.

Students filled Jesse auditorium to see Omalu, who discussed his experiences as a war refugee in Nigeria and his journey to becoming a doctor. He took on the National Football League when he identified chronic brain damage as a factor in the deaths of some professional athletes. He named the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

MU junior Cady Lowery attended the lecture and was struck by Omalu’s perspective on life.

“I love how he stressed that we’re all connected, no matter if we like it or not, because we are,” Lowery said.

The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in partnership with the Missouri Students Association (MSA) and Mizzou Speakers Series brings speakers to campus whom they feel exemplify university values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Lauren Giwa-Amu, a journalism graduate student from Frankfort, Il., is co-chair of the MSA Speakers Committee, along with Emily Aiken, a sophomore business major from St. Louis, Mo.

Giwa-Amu thinks the lectureship is impactful because the speakers think outside the box and are willing to interact with the students on campus.

“Yesterday, before the event, there was a book signing for Dr. Omalu,” said Giwa-Amu. “And just seeing how personal he was with each of the students — he would ask them about their majors and what their goals are — that’s what makes the speaker’s series worth it.”

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