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Inside Iowa State
March 8, 1996

Sutherlands to hold book reading on campus

by Anne Dolan

Iowa State alumni Tom and Jean Sutherland will return to campus Sunday, March 24, to read excerpts from their recently published book, At Your Own Risk. The reading will be from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. There is no charge.

Tom Sutherland (M.S. 1956, Ph.D. 1958, animal science) gained international attention as a hostage for 6 1/2 years in Beirut, Lebanon. The Scottish-born Sutherland was serving a three-year term as dean of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University in Beirut when he was abducted June 9, 1985, by the Islamic Jihad.

Jean Murray Sutherland (B.S. 1956, history) remained in Beirut during Tom's captivity, teaching at the American University and working tirelessly for his release.

At Your Own Risk tells both their stories during that time, provides a rare portrait of the Middle East and reveals the Sutherlands' understanding of the potential danger they accepted in taking jobs in Beirut. The book is published by Fulcrum Publishing, Fort Collins, Colo., where the Sutherlands now live. It is scheduled for release to bookstores nationally in April.

The public reading will be preceded by a private reception, book sale and book signing for members of ISU Library Friends. For information on joining the ISU Library Friends, a group that promotes the services and collections in the library, contact Carolyn Opsomer, 4-1263.

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