Ishmael Beah, author of New York Times bestseller A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier, will be speaking tonight at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford lecture hall from 7 to 9.
Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone, is a tireless advocate for children affected by modern warfare. Recruited to fight in Sierra Leone’s civil war at age 13 after the death of his family, the author and activist was a soldier for two years until UNICEF intervention removed him from the conflict. Since then, Beah has spoken about children in conflict on behalf of UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations’ Secretary General’s Office for Children and Armed Conflict.
Ishmael Beah is giving the fourth annual Schair Memorial Lecture, a yearly presentation that discusses religion, genocide and human rights. The lecture is free, and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis (the Hannaford lecture hall has a seating capacity of 525). The lecture will be simulcast to other USM locations, as well as the University of Maine Augusta campus. Beah’s talk will be followed by a screening of “Fambul Tok” which looks at the long process of reconciliation in Sierra Leone. After the lecture and film, the author will answer questions and have a book signing.
More information is available at the USM Public Affairs blog. If you’d like a bit of Beah’s story in his own words, I’ve included his recent interview from the Daily Show below.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M – Th 11p / 10c|