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Picking Cotton - Ronald Cotton/Jennifer Thompson Lecture: Arts and Lectures
DateTuesday April 15, 2014 7:00 PM
Contact Cate Arroe
arroec@ferris.edu
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Location: Williams Auditorium

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept.  She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.  Ronald insisted that she was mistaken -- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars.  After 11 years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence.  He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.  Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face -- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.  In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.