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Tuesday, February 08, 2011.

Speaker/author to discuss prospects of being kinder, more understanding

A college instructor’s assignment that turned into an international movement to commit “random acts of kindness” will be the guest speaker at Antelope Valley College 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the Student Lounge of the Student Center Building, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Dr. Chuck Wall, who has shared his story on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and to audiences around the world, will lead an interactive discussion on such issues as student involvement and creating an environment of mutual understanding.

The event is free and open to the public.

In 1993, Wall heard a radio report on an act of “senseless violence” that prompted him to consider the idea of having his business students at Bakersfield College commit a “random act of senseless kindness.”

Today, Wall’s lesson has blossomed into a worldwide kindness movement fueled by media attention and numerous stories of generosity and kindness.

Having retired from Bakersfield College, Wall is a motivational speaker. In addition, he has focused on efforts to establish kindness clubs in Bakersfield area high schools.

"This has been quite a ride and I still enjoy every minute of it because there are no negative down sides to kindness,” Wall writes on his Web site.

Wall’s visit is sponsored by Antelope Valley College and the campus Associated Student Organization.