Next stop on the book train will be Boston! How fortunate we were to land a speaking engagement at the American Dental Hygiene Association’s 100th anniversary meeting June 19-25, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center. The program’s special theme is entitled: “100 Years of Dental Hygiene: Proud Past, Unlimited Future. When I heard a sampling of the other speakers on the program, I really appreciated our having the chance to participate in this elite group.
Among other speakers on the program will be the famed Erin Brockovich. She is a national advocate for seeking justice and personal empowerment on behalf of those who do not have a voice of their own. Serving as the true-life inspiration behind the Oscar-winning blockbuster (Erin Brockovich) starring Julia Roberts, Ms. Brokovich embodies the definition of change and accomplishment through her dogged persistence to seek out the truth when faced with overwhelmingly adversity.
Her exhaustive investigations as a file clerk at a law office uncovered that Pacific Gas and Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley, California, for over thirty years. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.
She is championed by thousands of men and women around the world who admire her for her fighting spirit, determination to expose injustice, and self made success based on true grit. Ms. Brockovich is proof that anything is possible, no matter how high the odds are stacked against you!
Another well known personality we will be sharing the stage with is Academy Award Nominee Geena Davis. Ms. Davis received the award for Best Supporting Actress in 1989 for he role as Muriel Pritchett in “The Accidental Tourist.” She earned a Golden Globe in 2006 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for her role in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”
Ms. Davis’ impact society, however, reaches well beyond the silver screen. She has established a non-profit organization and is a shining example that notoriety can be leveraged to make a difference in society for women so they can continue to have a positive and impactful opportunities in life.
Anybody want any autographs, just let me know! Exciting times to have our lecture The CSI Effect: High Profile Forensic Dental ID Cases. We will be including presentations of our experiences at 9-11, the devastation of Katrina and Haiti, as well as the role dentistry played in the identification confirmation of Ted Bundy, James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, the Big Bopper (on Buddy Holly’s fatal airplane crash in the 50’s) and even former President Zachary Taylor. Check w mark Bernstein.
Hopefully, we’ll see some familiar faces at this prestigious event. If you can’t make it, we’ll send a few blogs out to keep those interested in what exactly is going on. Our graphic artist has done a great job with marketing our project to our dental hygiene attendees. Have to include a copy of the program insert pitching the forensic aspect of the program. I have to remind myself that this is a dental meeting, not a forensic meeting.