International  Service Summit


Saturday, February 10th
Northern Illinois University Conference Center
1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville


Anderson's Bookshop is proud to partner with the Rotary Club to present a powerful story from speaker Atia Abawi!

The public is welcome to attend this International Service Summit, featuring a keynote presentation from award-winning foreign correspondent and author Atia Abawi, who joins us to discuss her newest book, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.  Tickets are available at the link above.

More about the book:  
Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking and timely story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.  In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family...until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family's story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

More about the event programming:
The Summit is designed to bring together community service organizations, individuals, foundations, technical partners, and corporate sponsors interested in serving, communities in need throughout the world, to share project information, best practices, and seek possible synergies. Through collaboration, we may be more effective in meeting our mutual objectives and better serve these communities.

8:00 am - Doors and Exhibits Open

9:00 am - Keynote Speaker, Atia Abawi
Book signing available following the presentation

10:30 am - Panel Discussion and Questions
Moderated by: WBEZ Worldview Host Jerome McDonnell

11:00 am - Exhibits Open / Refreshments

1:00 pm - Summit Ends

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