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Many members of the campus community are busy reading this year’s UB Reads selection: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, who will be the second speaker in the 2007–08 Distinguished Speakers Series October 24. In his memoir, Beah recounts his experience growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone. Resettled in a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggles to regain his humanity. Ultimately, A Long Way Gone is a story of redemption and hope—how a child survives war.