"Guantanamo Diary" Book Discussion Circles


Location: Geddes Hall (View on map )

Guantanamo Diary Bookcover X300

Join faculty, staff, and students from across campus to read the Guantánamo Diary, Restored Edition by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and discuss together the content and your reactions to it with Larry Siems, the editor. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, a first-hand account of his inhumane treatment as a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay detention center, created a sensation when it was published in January 2015. Though heavily redacted by government censors, Slahi’s story of enduring humanity in the face of extreme hatred and suffering raised the level of discourse concerning our use of torture, approaches to addressing terrorism, and Muslim identity.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 26 at Geddes Hall, participants will discuss in small groups culminating with a special opportunity to discuss the book with editor Larry Siems in a plenary session beginning at 5 p.m.

Click on the link below to reserve a spot for this event and receive a book if needed.


A limited supply of books will be available in early December at the Center for Social Concerns to those who register. Additional copies will be on reserve at the Hesburgh Library.

This event is related to and is designed to help prepare for the videoconference with Mohamedou Ould Slahi, which will include expert discussants Larry Siems, the editor of Guantánamo Diary, and Juan Méndez, current U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and Notre Dame's  former CCHR director. The event will be moderated by Christine Cervenak, associate director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, held on Sunday, January 28. 

Originally published at conductorshare.nd.edu.