Just weeks after the tragic events of 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan was shot in the face by a white supremacist, who at that time called himself “the Arab slayer.”
Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American, will speak on “The Healing and Transforming Power of Forgiveness” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.
The man who shot him was Mark Stroman, who confessed to shooting Bhuiyan and killing two other South Asians. He was sentenced to death. After conferring with the families of the other victims, Bhuiyan worked to save Stroman’s life with pleas for clemency that, in 2011, reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Even though Stroman was executed in July 2011, Bhuiyan continues his World Without Hate campaign to promote healing, compassion and forgiveness.
Bhuiyan was named a 2011 American of the Year by Esquire magazine. He received the national 2011 Peace and Justice Award from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Excellence for Human Service Award from United for Change.
Co-sponsored by the Anna B. Mow Lecture Series and the college’s Center for International Education, the event is free and open to the public.