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Aron Ralston to Speak at SWOSU Panorama Event

February 14, 2011

Aron Ralston
Aron Ralston-adventurer, author and the focus of the movie 127 Hours-will speak at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on March 3 as part of the SWOSU Panorama Series. Ralston documented his life-altering experience and his remarkable will to survive in the New York Times best-selling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center followed by a book-signing ceremony.  

Aron Ralston-adventurer, author and the focus of the movie 127 Hours-will speak at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on Thursday, March 3, as part of the SWOSU Panorama Series.

Pinned by a half-ton boulder for nearly a week in a remote 3-foot-wide slot canyon in southern Utah in 2003, Ralston finally escaped his desolate grave by amputating his right forearm with a dull pocketknife.  After applying a tourniquet, he hiked and rappelled for five hours through Blue John Canyon before searchers in a helicopter miraculously rescued him. 

Ralston documented the life-altering experience and his remarkable will to survive in his New York Times best-selling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.  His story was recently featured on a special two-hour edition of Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw following the Super Bowl and is featured in the movie 127 Hours that is one of 10 movies nominated for "Best Picture" at the 83rd Academy Awards scheduled for February 27. 

Ralston will speak at SWOSU at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free but tickets are being issued to secure seating. Free tickets are available at the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office, Room 205 of the Administration Building; the SWOSU Business Office, Room 109 of the Administration Building; SWOSU Sayre campus Business Office; and the Weatherford Daily News office.  Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m.; after that time, seating will be opened for anyone without a ticket.

There will be a book-signing event after the talk.

Additional information is available by calling the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office at (580) 774-3063.

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