Guantánamo Diary: A Development Education Conversation with Larry Siems
Start Date: 18/05/2015 End Date: 18/08/2015
Event Location: IDEA Offices 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1, Ireland.
IDEA is delighted to welcome Larry Siems, the editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary. In the Diary, Mohamedou tells the story of his rendition, torture and detention without charge at the hands of the USA. Dr. Audrey Bryan will engage Larry in a conversation about Mohamedou, the diary, how Larry became involved as editor, the issues the diary raises, and how the diary might be used in a Development Education context. Audience members will be invited to respond to excerpts from this powerful text and to reflect upon how it could be used in their own practice. The event is free but we ask you to register in advance.
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was born in Mauritania in 1970. He earned a scholarship to study engineering in Germany when he was 18, and lived and worked in Germany and briefly in Canada before returning to Mauritania in 2000. He has been detained in Guantánamo Bay since August 2002.
Larry Siems directed the Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Centre, where he led PEN’s ongoing efforts to defend writers facing persecution around the world and protect freedom of expression in the US. He left PEN at the end of 2013 to concentrate on editing Slahi’s memoir. He is the author of The Torture Report and is a poet and a non-fiction writer.
Dr. Audrey Bryan is a lecturer in Sociology at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of racism and anti-racism, gender and sexuality studies, development studies and citizenship education. She is the co-author (with Meliosa Bracken) of Learning to Read the World? Teaching and Learning about Global Citizenship and International Development in Post-Primary Schools. Audrey is a member of IDEA’s National Council.