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Giuliana Rancic to speak at Oklahoma lectureship event

Giuliana Rancic is the featured speaker at the biennial Lectureship in Values and Ethics, scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Lloyd Noble Center.
by Heather Warlick Published: October 2, 2012

Despite Rancic's hardships trying to conceive, then dealing with cancer, she and her husband decided not to give up on their dream of being parents. They hired a gestational carrier (the term used for a surrogate who carries a child with whom she is not genetically connected). Edward Duke Rancic was born Aug. 29 in Denver.

“So far, Duke has been a dream baby,” Rancic wrote in a blog post for TODAY Moms. “It is so true what they say. Your entire life changes the moment you lay eyes on your new baby. The moment I looked into Duke's eyes for the first time, I fell in love and realized that nothing else in the world matters.”

At the OU event, Rancic will speak of her trials in recent years and her secrets for keeping a positive outlook when times are especially difficult.

The event is free and open to the public. In keeping with the breast cancer awareness theme, Molly K Ross, outreach coordinator for OU Breast Institute will open the event, speaking of her own fight against breast cancer, as well as about the science and facts behind the disease.

Previous speakers for the Lectureship in Values and Ethics include “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, sportscaster Linda Cohn, and most recently Leigh Ann Tuohy, the real-life woman behind the Sandra Bullock character in the movie, “The Blindside.”

The Lloyd Noble Center is at 2900 Jenkins Ave. in Norman. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the lectureship begins at 7 p.m. on Friday. For information, email

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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