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An Evening with Jennifer Thompson-Cannino & Ronald Cotton


Start: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was a 22-year-old college student with a 4.0 GPA and lofty goals for her future. Her path was dramatically altered however, when a man broke into her apartment, put a knife to her throat, and raped her. 

After a composite sketch, line-up identification, and trial, Jennifer Thompson’s testimony and memory led to a life sentence for Ronald Cotton. When a DNA test revealed that Ronald Cotton was not her rapist, he was released after spending 11 years in prison. 

Devastated that her actions led to the imprisonment of an innocent man, Thompson reached out to Cotton to apologize, and in an act of true  generosity, he forgave her. 

Their unlikely friendship and bond became the basis for the New York Times best-selling book, Picking Cotton. Today, Thompson and Cotton travel the country, speaking out in favor of DNA testing and working to protect the wrongfully convicted by sharing their personal stories of hope and redemption.

Admission is free and open to the public on a first come first served basis.


Buetow Music Center Auditorium


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