From Boy Soldier to New York Times Bestselling Author: Ishmael Beah to Speak at Pace

Ishmael Beah, author of the New York Times best seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” will be giving a lecture at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts theater on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 5:30p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Schimmel Lobby.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ISHMAEL BEAH TO APPEAR AT PACE UNIVERSITY

Lecture will be followed by a signing of Beah’s best-seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”

NEW YORK, NY – Ishmael Beah, author of the New York Times best seller, “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” will be giving a lecture at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts theater on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 5:30p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Schimmel Lobby.

In A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah documents his story of devastation and redemption, his struggle to heal, forgive himself, and regain his humanity.

Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 1980, Beah was recruited by the government army during a bloody civil war to fight at the tender age of 13. He was rescued by UNICEF and by 1998, moved to the United States where he subsequently finished his last two years of high school at the United National International School in New York. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.

He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and many other NGO panels on children affected by war. He has also spoken before the United Nations on several occasions. His work has appeared in Vespertine Press and LIT magazine. He currently lives in New York City.

The Schimmel Center for the Arts is part of Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus East of City Hall, entrance on Spruce Street. The event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass. Seating is limited. Contact Patricia Balachich at pb93712n@pace.edu if you plan to attend.

This event is cosponsored by Pace University’s Office of the Provost, School of Education and Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional education association.