Sonia Sands Lecture Presents John Shallman April 7

April 7, 2022 - 5:00pm

On My Return from Siberia and Quest for Human Destiny

Thursday, April 7th, 2022  |  5:00 PM
107 EPB Building
251 West Iowa Avenue., Iowa City, IA 52242

Speaker: John Shallman
National Best-Selling Author,
Political Consultant and Crisis Management Expert

This event will also be live-streamed: YouTube link

John Shallman will take us on a journey, starting with his time at the University of Iowa and the inspiring lectures and teachings of Professor Jay Holstein. Shallman will talk about how he applied the knowledge gained from Prof. Holstein’s course, Quest for Human Destiny to write a book about the human condition.

"In Quest I learned that reading great books and ancient stories make sense of our own lives. Each book, each author’s 'religion' is a flashlight illuminating a path in the world and into our own hearts.” -Shallman

Shallman, John
Photo credit: Ray Campbell, Photographer
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Finally, Shallman will share about his career and family, highlighting the discovery of his grandfather's 100-year-old manuscript.

"My grandfather’s exile to Siberia and faith in family helped illuminate my present and future.  I learned that we, all of us, are the dreams of our ancestors and the living proof of their tenacity and will to survive. I learned that we all have a quest, a journey of transformation and discovery, and our ancestors’ stories show that we are never alone. Ultimately, I learned that my life is not a novel but a chapter, a long continuum from the dawn of time to eternity."  -Shallman

About the speaker:  John Shallman is an award-winning media, advertising and campaign professional with an unparalleled record of political victories for clients throughout the country. The LA Times profiled his propensity for pulling off political upsets in their article entitled, “He’s Led Political Darkhorses to Surprising Wins.” Shallman’s roster of wins includes Governors, U.S. Senators, Congressmembers, State Legislators, and local elected officials from Mayor to District Attorney. Shallman is a “go-to” crisis management expert for A-List celebrities, corporate executives and athletes. He has consulted for a number of television and film projects, appeared on television news including ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News and has lectured at Universities and Colleges across the country. Read more about John Shallman here.