A Conversation with Moazzam Begg Nov. 12

In the first memoir from a former Guantánamo detainee, British citizen Moazzam Begg tells the extraordinary story of his arrest, imprisonment, interrogation, and--after more than three years in custody--his release without charges or apology. On Sunday, November 12, at 3 pm in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke (via videoconference from Birmingham, England), Mr. Begg will discuss his experiences and answer questions from a panel of local citizens and the audience. This event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Begg's experiences are relevant especially as Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has become a worldwide symbol of the dark side of America's war on terror. While images of Guantánamo's hooded prisoners in orange jumpsuits have become iconic symbols of the Bush administration's detainment policies, the stories of the men behind those hoods are virtually unknown to most Americans.

The event is cosponsored by ACLU of Massachusetts; ACLU of Mount Holyoke College; AFSC of Western Massachusetts; Amnesty International of Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Pioneer Valley Cluster; Bill of Rights Defense Committee, International Relations Department, Mount Holyoke College; McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Mount Holyoke College; Northampton Committee to Stop the War in Iraq; Office of Student Programs, Mount Holyoke College; Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy and Torture, Rosenberg Fund for Children; Student Coalition for Action of Mount Holyoke College; and UMMA, Muslim Students Association at Mount Holyoke College.

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