|Author Lisa Paul: "Swimming in Daylight"|
Event Type: Author Program|
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Meet Lisa Paul,author of "Swimming in Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope." In the early 1968s, Lisa, a Wisconsin native, was a 23-year-old Catholic American college student who lived and worked in Moscow to study Russian first hand.Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
Her Russian tutor, Inna Meiman, was a Soviet-Jewish dissident and refusenik, who was repeatedly denied a visa to receive life-saving cancer treatments abroad.
When Lisa moved back to the U.S. in 1985, she could not forget her friend's plight. She turned to her faith and developed a course of action. She undertook a 25-day hunger strike to protest the Soviet government's refusual to grant Inna an exit visa. Her hunger strike gained national attention and resulted in Inna cooming to America where she lived in comfort and dignity before dying peacefully and free. Her book is a true story of friendship, faith and the indomitable human spirit.
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Contact Number: 708.452.3440