The Lakeland Community College Center for International Education and the Lakeland Library are teaming up for a presentation and book signing of “A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together” Tuesday, April 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Lakeland Library. The library is located on the third floor of the C-Building, Room C-3051, on the college’s campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio.
The book, written by Barbara Marlowe and Teeba Furat Marlow with Jennifer Keirn chronicles the journey of Teeba, a 4-year-old girl who was badly burned in an Iraqi roadside bombing, and the American woman, who after seeing the haunting photo of the child in the newspaper, brought her to the United States for medical care. It’s a story of hope and perseverance that found a little girl gaining two families, both in the U.S. and Iraq, and how they joined together to reach across cultures and continents to support her through multiple surgeries and healing. Today, that tiny, frightened child is a 17-year-old high school student at Gilmore Academy who aspires to be a doctor specializing in either pediatric anesthesiology or obstetrics.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Teeba’s college fund for medical school and to her family in Iraq.
For more information about the presentation, contact Professor Thomas Hyland at 440.525.7066.
About the Lakeland Community College
For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to more than 11,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its campus in Kirtland and online.
Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland, in partnership with 11 four-year institutions.