University to Host Lecture by Author of Scratch Beginnings on November 5


(October 21, 2014) — Armstrong State University will host a lecture by Adam Shepard, author of Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream, on Wednesday, November 5 at noon at the Fine Arts Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Shepard has been featured on The Today Show, 20/20, CNN, NPR and FOX News. He will answer questions and sign copies of his books immediately following his lecture at Armstrong.

Scratch Beginnings, Armstrong's 2014-15 Common Read, tells the story of Shepard's personal journey through homelessness. Shortly after graduating from Merrimack College with a degree in Business Management and Spanish, he decided to try to work his way out of homelessness with only $25, a sleeping bag and the clothes on his back. His objective was to see if the American Dream is still possible.

Shepard's goal for the year was to save $2,500, purchase a car and live in a furnished apartment.
Though his journey was difficult and, at times, discouraging, he was able to overcome adversity and observe the reality of homelessness in America at close range.

His lecture at Armstrong will highlight the importance of a positive attitude, spark discussion about poverty and other societal issues, and encourage attendees to plan thoughtfully for the future.

Shepard is also the author of One Year Lived, which tells the personal story of life lessons learned while traveling through 17 countries, four continents and 42,000 miles.