Michael Hingson and Roselle

Blind 9-11 Survivor To Deliver Lecture on Teamwork, Trust at Hartwick

December 3, 2013

Michael Hingson, 9-11 survivor, Guiding Eyes for the Blind Guide Dog owner, and author of the #1 New York Times best-selling book, THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero will visit Hartwick College this Friday, December 6.

As part of his visit to Hartwick, Hingson will deliver a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. This lecture is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Immediately following the event, a dessert reception and book signing will be held in the Anderson Lobby, at which time books will be available for purchase.

Prior to the lecture, Hingson will participate in other events on campus throughout the day on Friday, including a Leadership Development workshop with Hartwick College Staff and Student Leaders at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Student Success. All Hartwick College students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend this workshop.

At 3:30 p.m., a presentation will be shared in the Celebration Room of the Shineman Chapel House on campus titled "Puppy Stages of Development." This presentation is free and open to the public, and will be a meet-and-greet type event where many of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppies being raised on campus will show the development of their skills, with Hingson and his guide dog on hand to show attendees the "Final Product".

Hingson's life changed dramatically on September 11, 2001 when he and his guide dog, Roselle, escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One in the World Trade Center moments before it collapsed. Soon after, he began to share his unique survival story and 9-11 lessons of trust, courage, heroism, and teamwork. During his time at Hartwick, Hingson will speak about the importance of teamwork and trust in our professional and personal lives, the human-animal bond, and more.

Hingson's best-selling book, THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero was released in August, 2011 and gives readers an unprecedented look at how a guide dog team works and how blind people can be just as successful as their "light dependent colleagues". Hingson has also recently released a new book for children ages 8 and up titled Running with Roselle. The work is a story of Hingson's childhood and of Roselle's puppy years and was penned to inspire readers - both children and adults alike - to overcome challenges and obstacles they may face.

Hingson is a former member of the California State Guide Dog Board and has served on several other prominent agency boards throughout his career.  Presently he serves as secretary to the Marin County Senior Coordinating Council and is a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Center for the Blind and of the National Federation of the Blind of California. In November, 2008, Hingson was appointed a National Ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign of the National Federation of the Blind. On October 1, 2011 Hingson and Roselle were honored by the American Humane Association with the 2011 Hero Dog Award. Hingson is currently an Ambassador for the American Humane Association.

Hingson lives in northern California with his wife, Karen, Africa, Hingson's seventh guide dog, and Fantasia, Africa's mother and a retired breeder dog for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

This series of events is being hosted by the Hartwick College Guiding Eyes for the Blind Club (which can be followed on Twitter at @GEBHC1). For additional information on Hingson, please visit or follow Hingson on Twitter at @mhingson. For more details on these events being held at Hartwick College, please contact Rebecca Bierhoff '14, president and founder of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Club at Hartwick College, at

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