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30th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

November 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EST

Loyola University Maryland welcomes McKenzie Coan, ’18, professional swimmer, public speaker, disability advocate, and author for the 30th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The event will also be livestreamed.

Coan, a professional swimmer who lives in Baltimore and Clarkesville, Ga., has represented the United States in three Paralympic Games—including Tokyo 2020—and has won six medals, four of them gold. An Adidas athlete, Coan is a two-time world record-holder. Coan’s lecture, Breaking Free: A Conversation with McKenzie Coan, will focus on her experiences as a Paralympic athlete, living with a genetic condition, and her success in the pool—which is highlighted in her memoir, Breaking Free – Shattering Expectations and Thriving with Ambition in Pursuit of Gold.

About the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture Series:

Founded in the early 1980s and named in honor of the late Sister Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, former president of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola University Maryland in 1971, the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture features addresses by prominent women who embody the ideals Sr. Cleophas espoused, including scholarship, leadership, and artistic ability. Previous Sister Cleophas Costello lecturers have included authors Amy Tan, Mary Higgins Clark, and Piper Kerman, poet Maya Angelou, Olympian Gabby Douglas, musician Mary Chapin-Carpenter, and activist Tarana Burke.



November 18, 2021
7:00 pm EST
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