Ben Carson gives first Centofanti Symposium Nov. 18

Ben Carson

Ben Carson

Benjamin Carson, a world-renowned physician, professor and author deemed a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, presents the first annual Centofanti Symposium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Powers Auditorium in downtown Youngstown.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but tickets are mandatory for admission. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis Nov 4, 5 and 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Information and PC Lab in Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University. There is a limit of four tickets per person. For more information, please call the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services at 330-941-3320.

The Centofanti Symposium was established at YSU to bring outstanding speakers to the university and the community, with the goal of raising consciousness about the challenges facing vulnerable groups in society. YSU created the James and Coralie Centofanti Center of Health and Welfare for Vulnerable Populations last fall under a $1 million gift from the James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation. James Centofanti of Canfield, a successful business owner, philanthropist and horseman, died in 2010. His wife, Coralie, died in 1999. Centofanti was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Farmers National Bank in Canfield, a generous supporter of numerous educational and community-based activities in and around the Canfield area, and the recipient of numerous awards for his humanitarian efforts.

Carson, grew up in poverty to become a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Carson has been awarded more than 60 honorary degrees, sits on the board of several multi-national corporations, and has been honored by the Library of Congress, CNN and Time magazine. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was deemed one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report, and is the recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In 2009, his memoir, Gifted Hands was turned into a film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. In 2013, he retired from medicine, but still makes media appearances and writes a column for The Washington Times.