TROY - Dr. Francis Slakey, author of the best-selling adventure memoir "To the Last Breath," will visit Troy University Feb. 25-26 to discuss the book with students and deliver a public lecture.
The work, which details Dr. Slakey's adventures while climbing the highest mountain on every continent and surfing in every ocean, was chosen as this year's Common Reading Initiative selection for all Troy University entering freshmen. The Common Reading Initiative is a component of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, which seeks to "Create a Culture of Reading" among students. The five-year Quality Enhancement plan began in 2009.
Dr. Slakey will meet with students in small group settings on Feb. 25 and 26 and deliver a lecture that will be open to the public at 11 a.m. on Feb. 26 in the Trojan Center Theatre. Barnes & Noble university bookstore will also host a book signing with Dr. Slakey at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26.
"We are extremely pleased to host Dr. Slakey's visit and very happy that our students will have the opportunity to meet the author of their Common Reading book," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First Year Studies. "Over 2,000 students have read, or will read, 'To the Last Breath' as part of their first-year experience at Troy University. Meeting the author is a great way to become engaged as a reader, which is the overall goal of our QEP."
Dr. Slakey is the Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy at Georgetown University, specializing in energy and security policy. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1992 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His technical publications have received more than 500 citations, and he has written widely on science policy issues, publishing more than 50 articles for the popular press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Scientific American.
Dr. Slakey has served in advisory positions for a diverse set of organizations, including the National Geographic, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Creative Coalition, the political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry.
Dr. Slakey is the first person in history to both summit the highest mountains on every continent and surf every ocean. He became the 28th American to summit Mt. Everest in an unguided expedition that was the subject of the movie, "Beyond the Summit." In recognition of his adventures, as part of the 2002 Olympic Games, he carried the Olympic torch from the steps of the U.S. Capitol.