John Robinson

Inspirational Speaker, Author John Robinson to Deliver Lecture at Hartwick

March 27, 2013

The Hartwick College Faculty Committee on Diversity and Campus Climate and LEADs, the student organization focused on Leadership, Education, and Awareness for Disabilities, will soon host internationally-acclaimed inspirational speaker and author John Robinson. The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus, and is free and open to the public.

Robinson is a multiple amputee who will speak to attendees about overcoming obstacles in life and what it means to be "disabled." To date, Robinson and his story have been featured across several media outlets such as PBS, and he has authored the autobiography "Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination," published by Syracuse University Press. In 2001, Robinson was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games.

"There is no such thing as 'it can't be done' in John Robinson's inspirational story, one that should be on every book shelf as a glowing example of achieving one's goals despite the obstacles we are born with or the hurdles we encounter along the way. In the face of adversity, he displays courage, conviction, and an unstoppable positive attitude. John Robinson is a true hero." - Dick MacPherson "Coach Mac", Syracuse University Football Hall of Fame Coach & retired New England Patriots Football Coach

Robinson has been married for more than nineteen years and has three children. He graduated from The Derryfield School in Manchester, NH and Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. He now lives in Albany, NY.

For more information on Robinson, visit his website at or watch his video.

For more information on the lecture, contact Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Gregory W. Smith at 607-431-4252 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
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