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New York Times Best-Selling Author Laura Schroff to Speak at USF Event

Schroff, the author of “An Invisible Thread,” will discuss homelessness, poverty and hunger.

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2016) The New York Times best-selling author of “An Invisible Thread,” Laura Schroff, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Frontier Forum lecture series, hosted by the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences.

Schroff will discuss the power of small acts of kindness and their ability to make differences in the lives of others. Her lecture will focus on topics such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, child and domestic abuse, courage, humanity, compassion and philanthropy. Attendees will learn how to motivate and inspire themselves, and others, while facing life’s challenges and overcoming adversity.

During her lecture, Schroff will share the story of when she met Maurice, an 11-year-old panhandler who was hungry and begging for change at the time. Schroff was a successful sales executive when she first crossed paths with him on a street corner in New York City. Together, Schroff and Maurice forged a friendship that has lasted more than 25 years and changed both of their lives in drastic ways.

Their friendship was the inspiration for her book, “An Invisible Thread,” which has spent more than 39 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Schroff encourages her audiences to look for their own invisible threads that could lead to connections capable of altering the lives of others.

The free lecture does not require tickets. Schroff will participate in a Q&A and book signing after the event. USF Bookstore staff will be on hand with copies for sale.

Local nonprofit organizations, including Feeding Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, Eckerd Kids, Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay and more will be setup in the lobby before the event to inform attendees about how they can reach out to fellow community members in need. These organizations will inform attendees about how to get involved with their services in the Tampa community.

About the Frontier Forum lecture series

The Frontier Forum lecture series is presented by the USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty and sponsored by the USF Office of the Provost and the USF College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2010, the Frontier Forum has hosted several notable speakers such as Jane Goodall, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Stephen Dubner, Bennet Omalu and Rory Kennedy. On April 18, 2016, George Takei of “Star Trek” fame will speak at the USF Sun Dome. Tickets are on sale at

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