Best-selling author to speak at Vincennes University

September 9, 2016 / Best-selling author to speak at VU

VINCENNES, Ind. - Chris Gardner, whose life story was told in the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will be featured in two presentations at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on September 22. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsored by the VU Admissions Office and Student Activities, The Pursuit of Happyness: An Evening with Chris Gardner will begin at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased now at the Skelton Center Box Office, online at, or by phone at 812-888-4039. VU students and employees may receive two free tickets with VU ID. If tickets are still available the night of the presentation, they will be sold at the Skelton Center Box Office.

Earlier in the day, Gardner will share his personal story of overcoming adversity with high school seniors attending Learn More Indiana’s College GO! Week at the Skelton Center.

The goal of College GO! Week is to help Hoosiers of all ages plan for college completion and career success. Seniors from Vincennes Lincoln, Rivet, South Knox, North Knox, and Pike Central high schools will attend the presentation.


Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and single parent whose aim, through speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential.

His autobiography, the "Pursuit of Happyness," became a New York Times #1 best seller and has been translated into more than 40 languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner received a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Gardner’s book “Start Where You Are,” also a best seller, was published in 2009.

In addition to being a brand Ambassador for AARP, Gardner has recently produced his first film, met the Pope, and had his picture on a box of Cheerios.

Gardner has “re-enlisted” in the U.S. Military and works closely with the U.S. Veterans Administration to end homelessness amongst veterans. He is a major supporter of food banks and pantries across the U.S.


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