Engineer to discuss ‘conversion therapy’ in lecture series

A nuclear engineer who has addressed Congress and the United Nations will speak about the harms of conversion therapy next week in downtown Columbus.

Samuel Brinton, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual master’s degrees in nuclear engineering and tech policy, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., said Sandra Miles, dean of students and director of student affairs at IUPUC.

Miles said that IUPUC wanted to connect people with the topic of conversion therapy, noting that Brinton’s ability to put a human face on the subject was important.

Conversion therapy is described as “a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” according to the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ equality.

The presentation is part of the university’s Excellence in Leadership Initiative speaker series.

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