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Flutist, speaker Morgan Fawcett to appear on campus

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The Native American Student Association and the Division of Student Affairs Office of Multicultural Affairs will sponsor a campus appearance by speaker and flutist Morgan Fawcett from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

Fawcett is a 16-year-old Tlingit Indian who lives with disabilities caused when his mother drank during pregnancy. Until he received a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder two years ago, he had no idea why he was different.

“Morgan Fawcett is an alcoholic who's never touched a drop of alcohol in his life,” said writer Alexander Rich, in an article “Born to Play,” published in “The World” in June 2007.

About that time Fawcett’s disability was diagnosed, he learned to play the native flute.

“Morgan has performed at an international conference and around the country, where he plays and also talks about fetal alcohol spectrum,” said English Professor Kenneth M. Roemer. “I have had the privilege of seeing him and he is articulate and engaging.”

“When I play the flute, it lowers my blood pressure and eases stress away," Fawcett said in Rich’s story. “With fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, you could be ADHD, but instead of being on Ritalin, I play the flute.”

The event is free and open to the public. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (817) 272-2099 for more information.

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