Sarah Thebarge to Deliver the Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture at UD

Feb 25, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque’s Wendt Center for Character Education is pleased to announce that Sarah Thebarge, international speaker and author of The Invisible Girls and WELL, will deliver the Michael Lester Wendt Character Lecture on Monday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center.

The lecture, titled “Love Looks Around,” is free and open to the public.

Thebarge is a speaker, blogger, author, and physician assistant who studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine and journalism at Columbia University. Her first book, The Invisible Girls, is a memoir that weaves her story of nearly dying of breast cancer in her 20s together with the story of a Somali refugee family she met on a train to Portland, Oregon, as she was recovering from cancer treatments. Thebarge’s latest book, WELL, details the time she spent practicing medicine at a hospital in Togo, West Africa, which the United Nations recently ranked the Least Happy Country in the World.

Thebarge’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, USA Today, Everyday Health, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Red Letter Christian, and Sojourners. Her writing for Christianity Today’s “This is Our City” project won first prize from the Evangelical Press Association.

As a speaker, Thebarge is a regular at retreats, churches, colleges, and conferences. She has spoken at Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference and the Jubilee Conference, as well as over 50 universities and colleges.

Thebarge, who lives in San Francisco, is a spokesperson for Vanity Fair Lingerie’s Women Who Do campaign and Compassion International. She has practiced international medicine extensively, volunteering in Togo, the Dominican Republic, and South Sudan. Thebarge also started a clinic in Kenya for children who lost their parents to AIDS.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. If you have any questions, please contact Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at