Navy SEAL and best-selling author to speak at CU-Boulder Sept. 10

Published: Aug. 22, 2014

Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL and author of The New York Times best-selling book "Lone Survivor," will speak at the University of Colorado Boulder on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. Student tickets for the talk, which is sponsored by the Cultural Events Board, are free and will be available in the UMC starting Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Community tickets are $5 and are available now at

Luttrell's military career came close to an end in the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan during Operation Red Wing. On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL TEAM 10 were assigned to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader. Not long after embarking on the mission, the SEALs were engaged in an intense gun battle with local Taliban forces. After losing his fellow team members in battle and a failed rescue attempt, Luttrell badly wounded managed to walk and crawl seven miles to a village where he was given shelter by an Afghan tribe and was rescued by American forces soon after. 

Luttrell shares his unparalleled story of survival in the 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor. In January 2014, the book made a leap to the big screen in the blockbuster film, Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell. 

Join the Cultural Events Board on Sept. 24, for a special showing of "Lone Survivor." The event is free and open to the public. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Cultural Events Board Speakers Coordinator at For further information regarding the Cultural Events Board at CU-Boulder, or any of the events we sponsor on campus, visit our website.