'A Child Called 'It'' author to speak Feb. 11

Dave Pelzer, author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book A Child Called ‘It,’ will speak on “The Real Heroes” at the University Feb. 11.

Dave Pelzer

BGSU’s Institute for Child and Family Policy is partnering with the Napoleon Area School District to bring Pelzer to campus. He will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. for a book signing, followed by his speech at 7 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. General admission tickets are available for $5.

Pelzer’s visit is in conjunction with a one-day workshop on “Promoting Empowerment and Resiliency in Children and Families Who Have Experienced Abuse and Neglect.” Hosted by the institute, the workshop is designed for professionals who work with children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Participation in the workshop includes a VIP ticket to the Pelzer lecture. Additional information is available at the institute’s Web site at by calling 2-9903. Registration is due by Feb 4.

Pelzer grew up in a household where he was abused by his mentally disturbed, alcoholic mother. His resilience enabled him to overcome life-threatening obstacles.

His case, which was determined to be one of the most gruesome and extreme cases of child abuse to date in California’s history, is the subject of his trilogy of books that started with A Child Called ‘It’. He has written four additional books, including his latest, Moving Forward, aimed at helping people move beyond life’s trials and realize their limitless potential.

At age 12, Pelzer was rescued and placed in a series of foster homes until, determined to better himself, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 18.

As a member of the armed forces, he was chosen to midair refuel the highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 stealth fighter, which played a major role in Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2005 National Jefferson Award and a California Volunteer of the Year award, and in 1993 was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans.

General admission tickets for his talk are available by contacting the Institute for Child and Family Policy at 2-9903 or, or stopping by 210 Johnston Hall.

Sponsors for the Pelzer lecture include the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Education and Human Development, the Department of Sociology, Community Teaching Homes, Children’s Resource Center, the Lucas County Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and the National Center for Marriage Research at BGSU.

January 26, 2009