Ethan Zohn at Hartwick College

Ethan Zohn to Speak at Hartwick College

November 9, 2012

On Thursday, November 15 at 8 p.m., Hartwick College will welcome speaker Ethan Zohn. During his lecture in the Shineman Chapel House Celebration Room on the College campus, Zohn will address how different religions and people work together, specifically from the perspective of practicing Judaism, overcoming adversity growing up and battling cancer. The event, sponsored by the Jewish Student Organization, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Before his time spent on reality TV show Survivor: Africa, Zohn played soccer professionally for teams in both the United States and Zimbabwe.

According to the website CampusSpeak, "In this 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.  It was a decision that perfectly matched his values and character: putting his good fortune to work for a cause greater than himself.

"In 2009, Ethan was diagnosed a rare form of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Suddenly, he was fighting to become a 'survivor' in a whole new sense. While he endured the rigors of cancer treatment, he became a national spokesperson for Katie Couric's 'Stand Up to Cancer' organization and kept a weekly video blog on People Magazine's website.  Millions watched Ethan fight the highs and lows of aggressive cancer treatment - his interest in service stronger than ever.

"'Character: The Ultimate Survival Tool' is Ethan's chance to share his extraordinary journey with students looking for a way to make a difference in the world.  For Ethan, life's opportunities and challenges were faced with confidence by drawing on his values and character.  In the keynote, Ethan delves deeply into the issue of character with his audience: where it comes from, why it matters and how it can help them make important decisions in their lives. Ethan relates the character-building moments in his own life to illustrate how character is built and why it is important to develop, nurture and refine our character throughout our lives."

For more information on Zohn, visit

For additional information on the lecture, contact Hartwick's Director of Social Issues and Wellness Education Tara Loewenguth at 607-431-4152 or

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