2013-2014 Speakers


Wilbert Smith, Ph.D.


Author and Award-Winning Filmmaker

September 9, 2013
7 p.m.
Tilson Auditorium


When Wilbert Smith, Ph.D., wrote “A Hole in the Head: A Life Revealed,” the dark secrets of human experimentation exploded out into the public. Later, when the documentary of the same name was released, even more attention was drawn to the subject. Smith will discuss the inspirational story of Vertus Hardiman and the power of the human spirit during Indiana State University’s Speaker Series on Sept. 9, 2013, at 7 p.m., in Tilson Auditorium.

At the center of “A Hole in the Head,” is Hardiman who, as a young boy, was one of 10 children treated with radiation for scalpel ringworm at a county hospital in Lyles Station, Ind., in 1927. Smith believes the treatment was an experiment on the effects of radiation on humans. Because he received more radiation than the others, Hardiman eventually developed a literal hole in his head. Smith chronicles his struggle with this long suffering deformity, hidden for decades by wigs and hats. Unbelievably, Hardiman shares his tale without anger or resentment, making this tale a true story of love and forgiveness.

Smith, appointed the director of child development programs by the governor of California, serves on California’s Community Colleges Board of Governors, teaches in the School of Business at Pasadena Community College and owns and operates an insurance agency in Altadena, Calif. His lecture will put a humbling face to the unethical practice of human experimentation. This event is free and open to the public.


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