Oct 18

Convocation: Gaelynn Lea

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Disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea describes how she learned to forge identity in a world that leaves many out.

Friday, October 18th, 2019
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea is a violinist and songwriter from northern Minnesota whose life and music were forever changed in 2016 after winning NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country.  Since then, she has performed in 42 states and 7 countries, from coffee shops and festivals to renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues, and even BBC World News.  Lea is also a disability rights advocate and public speaker.  She was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease, a genetic condition that causes complications in the development of bones and limbs.  Prior to her music career, Lea had planned to pursue a career as a lawyer and disability rights advocate.  In recent years, Lea has used her music and her story as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. 

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