James "Yusef" Yee, former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, will speak at Mount Holyoke Thursday, April 3, at 8 pm in Gamble Auditorium. Yee's visit is presented by UMMA, the College's Muslim Students Association.
Yee, a Chinese American who graduated from West Point in 1990, spent ten months serving as the Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo in 2002-2003. In September 2003, he was secretly arrested and accused of spying, espionage, and aiding alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. He was held in a Navy prison in solitary confinement for 76 days, where he was subjected to the same abusive treatment as the Guantanamo detainees he counseled. He was exonerated of all charges the following year.
Yee is author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire (2005).
The talk is cosponsored by the Student Government Association, IIF, the international relations and Asian studies programs, the religion and politics departments, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, MHC College Democrats, MHC ACLU, the Islamic Society of Western Springfield, and MHC Amnesty International.