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Ishmael Beah to Speak at OCU

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Born in Sierra Leone in 1980, Ishmael Beah is a survivor of the brutal civil war that broke out in the country.  Beah was thirteen when he was forced to become a child soldier after both of his brothers and his parents were killed.  He was a part of this child army for two years before UNICEF took him to a rehabilitation home.  Beah would later go on to speak to the United Nations about the effects of war on children.  While there, Beah met Laura Simms, the woman who would become his new mother.

Since then, Beah earned a degree from Oberlin College and has spoken for UNICEF around the world.  He has written a book, A Long Way Gone, chronicling his time in Sierra Leone. 

Beah will speak at Oklahoma City University on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Petree Auditorium.  His appearance is a part of the university’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

I’ve attended many different speakers at OCU, and I have to say, their Distinguished Speakers Series never disappoints.  They’ve brought some incredibly interesting people to Oklahoma, including Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.  I have no doubt that Beah’s lecture will be just as interesting, and I’m looking forward to it.  As with all of their speakers, admission is completely free.  For more information, you can visit the website at

For further reading, here are some blogs about the speaker series and Ishmael Beah.

Trentito’s Blog reviews Beah’s A Long Way Gone.

The One-Minute Book Reviews blog talks about the controversy over Beah’s book.

The Sierra Leone Blog also talks about the controversy and why it really doesn’t matter.

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  • 1 judy allen // May 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    hello…..would you please send me show info. on your oct./2010 show….byland box 382954 duncanville, tx 75138 ear 972-824-8245

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