In 2010, rallying cries to free “the hikers” from an Iranian prison could be heard worldwide. The previous summer, in 2009, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraq when they unknowingly stepped over the border into Iran. Captured by border patrol, the three were imprisoned in Tehran on charges of espionage. Their heart-wrenching memoir A Sliver of Light tells the struggles they went through during their multiple-year imprisonment, from the darkest days of solitary confinement, to the engagement of Bauer and Shourd in the prison camp. Working with international advocacy organizations and outside supporters led to their eventual release, and Bauer has noted that, “prisons are the places where movements are killed” and outside support is crucial to survival. Since gaining their freedom, the three have recounted their experiences for students and human rights organizations, and advocated for U.S. prison reform. The authors will appear in conversation with Mark Wright, KING-5 Morning News Anchor.
Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store through the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Learn more: Hear them speak against solitary confinement.