Join us on Monday!

On Monday, July 25, The Literacy Project of Eagle County will welcome the world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht to speak at The Four Seasons in Vail Village. Recently portrayed by Albert Brooks in the film “Concussion,” Dr. Wecht has spent the past 40 years of his career seeking social truth and justice in some of the world’s greatest mysteries. Dr. Wecht is an attorney as well as a forensic pathologist, medical-legal consultant, author, and expert on many of the highest-profile deaths in the past half-century.

For his presentation, Dr. Wecht will delve into the world of forensic pathology, where he says “mystery meets science, law and medicine join forces, and amazing discoveries lurk around every corner.” From the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and JonBenet Ramsey, Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, and the investigation surrounding Casey Anthony, Dr Wecht will discuss how the application of fundamental scientific principles and sound investigative techniques can help to uncover the truth and ensure that justice is served.

‘CONCUSSION’ THE FILM

When Dr. Cyril Wecht heard that Albert Brooks would play him in “Concussion” he was pleased, but a little puzzled.

“Well, I’d known for a long, long time who Albert Brooks is and what a fine actor he is,” the avid moviegoer said in an interview. But then he wondered, “Doesn’t he do comedy?”

In the award-winning film, which was released last year, actor Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born doctor who first diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head.

The movie, set and filmed largely in Pittsburgh, is based on the 2009 GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, who later expanded that into the book “Concussion.” In the film, the Dr. Wecht character is Omalu’s boss, mentor and American father figure.

THE LITERACY PROJECT

Dr. Cyril H. Wecht is the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon fundraiser for The Literacy Project of Eagle County. The Literacy Project helps adults and children acquire English reading, writing and speaking skills that will help them thrive in our community

In addition to the fundraiser luncheon on July 25, The Literacy Project will also host a special VIP event with Dr. Wecht on Tuesday, July 26. The VIP event will take place at the Grandview at Lionshead on July 26 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m., and will offer the opportunity to talk with Dr. Wecht in a more intimate setting. Tickets for the VIP event are $100, which includes beer, wine and appetizers.

The Literacy Project is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides all levels of English language tutoring to adults and children through volunteerism and financial support. Adult, middle school, and family and children programs are available for free.

For more information about the annual luncheon featuring Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and the programs offered by The Literacy Project of Eagle County, contact Colleen Gray at 970-949-5026 or literacy@evld.org or visit literacyprojecteaglecounty.org.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE …

What: Literacy Project annual Luncheon Fundraiser with forensic pathologist Cyril H. Wecht

Where: The Four Seasons, Vail.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. July 25.

Cost: $125 per person.

More information: Contact Colleen Gray at 970-949-5026, literacy@evld.org or visit literacyprojecteaglecounty.org.