Saturday, April 18, 2015

At Northwestern on May 2, 2015: Public Reading of "Guantánamo Diary"

Sponsored by these Northwestern University organizations: Religious Studies, International Studies, Legal Studies, Middle East and North African Studies (MENA), Political Science, the Buffett Institute, and American Studies:

"You are invited to join us in an unprecedented event: on Saturday, May 2nd there will be a public reading at Northwestern University of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary.

"Although never charged with a crime, Slahi has been imprisoned for more than thirteen years in the American facility in Cuba and frequently subjected to “special interrogation techniques” that have included the full repertoire of tortures.

"Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary has been called a “vision of hell beyond Orwell, beyond Kafka” and at the same time, a powerful expression of—and summons to—“enduring faith in our common humanity.”

"We strongly believe all of us at Northwestern must attend to this book carefully in order to better understand what has happened in and to United States and the world over the past several decades, and what continues to happen. The future of our democracy depends on it.

"The reading will take place in The Graduate School Commons at Seabury, on Sheridan, beginning at 8:00 in the morning. We invite you to take one of the 15-minute time slots and read from the text. Please use this sign-up link to let us know as soon as possible whether you will be able to join us."

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Members of the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo members share excerpts from uantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi during the Justice Walk on Good Friday 2015 in Chicago.

(See Good Friday 2015: How can we help to shine the light? )

People around the country are reading Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a book that shines a light on the U.S. conspiracy to detain and torture Muslim men, and the triumph of the human spirit over those acts. The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo and others are joining the effort to study this book and share its contents widely.

(See Chicago Digs Into ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi )