Saint Mary’s hosts Dan Kulp to speak on children with special needs Feb. 2


Saint Mary’s University will host Dan Kulp, comedian, actor, and author, as he talks about raising children with special needs at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 2. His presentation will be in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. 


Kulp has twice appeared on “Good Morning America” and is the author of “Confounding the Wise: A Celebration of Life, Love, Laughter, Adoption and the Joy of Children with Special Needs.”

Kulp humorously describes his parenting foibles and moves his audiences to tears as he tells how his wife’s experiences with “dying rooms” led to the adoption of their children. Their son Simon, who was abandoned in the woods on the day he was born, is said to be the first with Down syndrome adopted out of China to the U.S. Kulp and his wife have a total of four children, three of whom were adopted and have special needs (Down syndrome and autism, Alfi’s syndrome, and spina bifida). Kulp also has four siblings with Down syndrome, three of whom were also adopted.

The Culture of Life student organization at Saint Mary’s is sponsoring this free event that’s open to the public.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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