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Dr. Booker T. DeVaughn Lecture Series    

The Dr. Booker T. DeVaughn Lecture Series provides a platform for the exchange of ideas in the community. 

The series was established by and named for Three Rivers' President Emeritus Dr. Booker T. DeVaughn.

Lectures are free and open to the college community, and the public.



The Survivor and The Protector

April 24, 2014

Kevin Hines is one of a rare few who survived a suicide attempt at the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19, just two years after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He is the only active Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who actively spreads the message of living mentally healthy around the country and globe.  He shared his compelling story and will to live and stay mentally well.  Kevin Briggs was a first responder for Kevin after he jumped and spoke for the first time together at Three Rivers.  He shared his journey of helping more than 200 people back to safety on the Golden Gate Bridge and on mental health issues to get people the help they need. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Booker De-Vaughn Lecture Series, the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant as well as TRCC Student Government Association.

(Left, Kevin Briggs, Retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant and nicknamed the "Guardian of the Golden Gate, with Kevin Hines, Award-winning Author, Mental Health Advocate and International Speaker)


February 27, 2014

THE INNOCENCE PROJECT - Featuring Dennis Maher

(L-R Betty Baillargeon, Director of Institutional Advancement, Andrew Pappone, Esq., staff attorney for the Innocence Project, Dennis Maher, Featured speaker, Reyna Ramirez, Innocence Project, and Lorie Mocek, Dime Bank.

Dennis Maher. Former U.S. Army Sergeant Dennis Maher was wrongfully convicted of two rapes and an attempted rape in Middlesex County, MA in 1984 and spent 19 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  NOW EXONERATED through DNA testing, Dennis shared his story to approximatley 150 high school students in addition to 50 community members in hopes of helping others who have been wrongfully convicted.


Previous lecturers have included noted investment advisor, Peter Schiff, Connecticut orthodontist, Dr. Jeremy Lowney, founder and president of the Haitian Health Foundation and Dr. Alessi, chief executive officer and chairman of Colonial Cooperative Care, Inc. physician and best-selling author Bernie Siegel; award-winning author Wally Lamb; Anne Garrels, an author and a correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk; filmmaker David Sutherland; mystery author David Handler; paranormal expert David Considine; and Robert Stutman and Steve Hager of the "Heads vs. Feds".