Sargent College Drench Lecture to Feature Entrepreneur and Extreme Sports Enthusiast, Jothy Rosenberg
As a teenager, Jothy Rosenberg was told he had zero chance of survival. Two bouts with cancer, an amputation, and a lung removal crippled the avid athlete. Forty years later, Rosenberg is not only living, but thriving and using extreme sports as a path to recovery and to raise money for important causes. This year, in addition to his roles as entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and extreme sports enthusiast, Rosenberg will deliver the 2013 Meredith E. Drench Lecture at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 PM.
His talk, “Who Says I Can’t”, titled after his book of the same name, will share Rosenberg’s perspective on the effect that suddenly becoming disabled and believing your life is over can have on one’s personality and ability to fight back, recover, and thrive. Rosenberg was selected as the ideal embodiment of the spirit of the Drench Lecture, which focuses on the connection between physical rehabilitation and psychosocial behavioral influences. The goal of the Lecture is to advocate both Sargent and Drench’s shared belief in the “compassionate rehabilitation” of the whole person. The annual Drench lecture was started in 2009 through an endowment from Sargent College alumna Meredith E. Drench, PhD, PT.
As evidence of his ability to thrive despite physical challenged, Rosenberg has been immeasurably successfully since his dismal diagnosis. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University where he was a professor for five years. He is the founder of eight high-tech startup companies and the author of three technical books. Today he helps startup companies navigate their perilous early days, runs several large government research programs in cybersecurity, and is a motivational speaker sharing his experiences from his book. He also created a new TV series called Who Says I Can’t, which focuses on the incredible people you will find everywhere who refuse to be knocked down by life and who have used sports to fight back and thrive.
The Drench Lecture will be held in room 101 of Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue.
The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the Setterberg Lounge.