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Liz Murray, October 14, 2015, December 17, 2019

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-109-BD
Identifier: I

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of author and inspirational speaker Liz Murray’s October 14, 2015 speech in Alumni Arena for the 2015-2016 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Includes a video montage of past UB Reads authors (00:35) and introductions by Vice President for University Life and Services (2:11) and Honors College student Hannah Griffith (5:39). Murray’s talk about what makes a difference in a person’s life follows, including background information on how she got to where she is as an author and speaker (8:26), her experience growing up in poverty in the Bronx (26:10), going back to school (42:49), and the people who helped her (56:28). Followed by a question and answer session, in which Murray answers questions from the audience, including: What can we do to help homeless students on college campuses? (1:05:58); What is the significance of the Narcotics Anonymous coin in your life? (1:07:20); How have your dreams changed as you’ve changed? (1:09:18); How has the romanticized idea of the American Dream perpetuated the notion that anyone can work hard to get what they want regardless of their circumstance, and how can we get away from that idea? (1:12:07); What do you do when you encounter homeless people on the street? (1:14:57); What is the appropriate way to respond to people’s stories? (1:18:12); What hope can you offer to young people in the same situation you were in? (1:20:37).


  • October 14, 2015
  • Migrated: December 17, 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The recording of the Distinguished Speaker Series event with Liz Murray, October 14, 2015 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.270 Gigabytes (1 file (1:29:53 hours))

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Existence and Location of Originals

DVD 11-6-1392-109-BD

Processing Information

Digital files created by William Regan and the Office of Special Events were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital optical discs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles and file titles were altered to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.

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