10:50 – 11:30 am and 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Mahtob Mahmoody and her mother, Betty, endured 18 months of confinement in Iran at the hand of Mahtob’s Iranian father in the late 1980s. That time was filled with quiet desperation, perseverance, faith, and a never-ending hope of escape. Mahtob Mahmoody, on her own and in tandem with her mother, has spent much of her life sharing her message of hope and inspiration with audiences throughout the world. She is a harbinger of peace, not hatred; of forgiveness, not bitterness; of celebrating the good and the bad experiences in life that mold our character. Drawing the best from her Iranian and American heritage, Mahtob employs anecdotes from her life to illustrate the beauty of a multicultural existence. The once painfully shy child is silent no longer. Now her voice manifests itself anew as she recounts the experiences of her life in her debut book My Name is Mahtob.