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College of Nursing’s Health and Human Values Lecture Series Kicks Off Sept. 18 with Award-Winning Fashion Photographer Addressing “The Spirit of Difference”

Rick Guidotti, the founder of Positive Exposure, transforms public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences through his photography

Positive Exposure

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The College of Nursing at Villanova University will launch its 19th Annual Health and Human Values Lecture Series with a presentation by Rick Guidotti, an award-winning fashion photographer and founder of the non-profit organization, “Positive Exposure.” Guidotti will address “The Spirit of Difference,” and his efforts to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences. This event is co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center).

The lecture will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 18 in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium on the University’s Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Guidotti founded Positive Exposure in 1998 in an effort to provide new opportunities to see individuals living with genetic differences, first and foremost, as human beings with their own set of challenges rather than as defined by a specific diagnosis or disease. Positive Exposure uses the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights. For the past 15 years, Guidotti has worked internationally with advocacy organizations and NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to affect change in societal attitudes toward individuals living with genetic differences.

“Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference” premiered in 2001 at the People’s Genome Celebration at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally.

The College of Nursing’s Health and Human Values Lecture Series is an annual series of lectures supported by a grant from the Johnson and Johnson Family of Companies. 

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.