|RAIS BHUIYAN - photo courtesy of Dick Napoletano|
Wesleyan University Memorial Chapel
221 High Street
Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program presents an open reading of the new play "An Eye for an Eye," by Linda Pilz Napoletano, on Friday, October 19 at 7 pm in the Wesleyan University Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown Conn.
The play follows the life of Rais Bhuiyan, who was targeted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks by a white supremacist. Shot in the face and left for dead, Bhuiyan survived and fought to save his attacker, Mark Stroman, from Death Row in Texas. Although Stroman was ultimately executed, Bhuiyan continues to spread the message of forgiveness and peace through his organization, World Without Hate. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A with Bhuiyan, Napoletano, and Wesleyan Professors Indira Karamcheti and Peter Gottschalk.
“An Eye for an Eye” was written by Wesleyan MPhil ’12 alumna and former Glastonbury High School English teacher Linda Pilz Napoletano. This event is free and open to the public. It is the second in a series of five events celebrating 60 years of Graduate Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University, and takes place during Homecoming/Family Weekend at Wesleyan University. Events featuring Rais Bhuiyan at Wesleyan are sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Adelphic Educational Fund, and Graduate Liberal Studies. More information can be obtained online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/studentservices/homecoming.html or by calling 860-685-3345.
About Rais Bhuiyan
Shot and left for dead, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan survived and attempted to save his attacker, Mark Stroman, from Death Row. This crime, committed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, signaled a significant moment in human relationships in the United States – one that was approached politically, socially, and personally by all Americans. Bhuiyan is now a leader in
the field of victim's rights, and founded World Without Hate as a result of his experience. The organization has one goal: to end the cycle of hate. World Without Hate can be found on the web at http://www.worldwithouthate.org.