Marian to host 8th annual Dr. Darold A. Treffert Lecture series, April 15

April 1, 2015

th annual Dr. Darold A. Treffert Lecture series on April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium.

Jason Padgett will serve as the lecture’s keynote speaker, and will speak on the topic of acquired savant syndrome. Padgett is a mathematics savant and is the author of “Struck by Genius.” He acquired his savant talents following a brutal mugging in 2002. Although doctors diagnosed Padgett with a concussion, Padgett, who had little drawing abilities, began to draw intricate diagrams of fractals, including the visual representations of the formula for Pi, and even that of the Pythagorean Theorem.

Following the presentation, Padgett will host a book signing for his book, “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury made me a Mathematical Marvel.”

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the School of Education, the Alpha Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, and the Marian Student Education Association. Online preregistration, available at, is requested to assure seating. For more information, contact Aida Michlowski at