Featured Speaker John Quinones Presents Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing [RESCHEDULED] on Thursday, April 20

Limited overflow tickets remain. Limit two tickets per person.

Update: Presentation rescheduled for Thursday, April 20. Original tickets dated for April 19 will be honored at the event on April 20. ​

Every day is full of “what would you do?” moments, believes John Quinones, reporter and anchor/host at ABC News. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the hidden camera ethical dilemma series, the seven-time Emmy winner has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans both on and off camera.

Quinones will be the final presenter of the 26th season of the Kent State Stark Featured Speakers Series on [rescheduled] Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the campus’s Conference Center. He will present Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing, based on what he has seen and learned from the series. Tickets are required for this free event and may be obtained by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall beginning Monday, March 27 at 8 a.m. A limit of two (2) tickets will be distributed per person while supplies last.

Having filmed more than 500 What Would You Do? scenarios, Quinones takes on almost any form of ethical dilemma. Everything from spousal abuse to the shortcomings of America’s foster care system to discrimination and racism. Who sounds the alarm? Who simply looks the other way? He engages the audience with clear-cut descriptions about the type of people who get involved as well as those who don’t. And, very often, the “everyday heroes” captured on hidden camera are not the persons one might expect.  

“They [these moments] can be as simple as times when you’re considering whether to bother saying ‘thank you’ to the taxi driver before getting out of the cab. Or they can be more complicated, such as when you’ve witnessed discriminating mistreatment of someone and you have to decide whether to speak up,” he said. “We've all been there.”

Combining his personal life story, exceptional career, incomparable insights and a powerful presence, Quinones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynote speakers today. At the podium, he shares his odds-defying journey, celebrating the life-changing power of education, standing as a champion of the Latino American dream and provides thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior. 

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” propelled Quinones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News as a reporter and at the anchor desk of 20/20 and Primetime

For more information on Kent State Stark’s Featured Speakers Series, contact Kelly Simonis at 330-244-3223 or ksimonis@kent.edu, or visit www.kent.edu/stark/featured-speakers-series.  

POSTED: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 09:20 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 09:19 PM
Laura M. Massie