November 9, 7:00 at the St. Johnsbury School
In Kenya, Iftin had the incredible luck to win entrance to the US in an annual visa lottery. He risked his life in order to get the required documents from the US Embassy and made his escape as his fellow Somali refugees in Kenya were being attacked. Throughout, he shared stories from refugee life on the BBC World Service and “This American Life,” providing updates on his home, family, and status. Now a proud resident of Maine on the path to citizenship, Iftin shares his dramatic, deeply stirring story with audiences across the nation. From intimate glimpses into the immigrant experience to timely talks on refugee rights, Iftin encourages audiences to consider new perspectives and redefine their notions of what it means to be American.
Iftin’s work has been featured on the BBC and “This American Life,” and in The Washington Post. His new memoir, Call Me American, was published in June 2018. Iftin was recently accepted to the University of Southern Maine, where he will be studying political science. He currently lives in Freeport Maine where he is working on his next book.
The William Eddy Lecture Series was launched in 2010 by Bill and Pam Eddy to challenge habits of thinking by bringing nationally-known speakers to St. Johnsbury. This event is FREE and open to everyone.