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Academic Affairs

Cyr Hall • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Scholars' Symposium Keynote Speaker

Abdi Nor Iftin

photo of comedian Abdi Nor Iftin

Public Speaker

Abdi Iftin is a naturally gifted speaker. His stories have been featured on various radio and television stations; most recently on PBS's series "This American Life." Abdi's story was one of 60 Peabody finalists in 2015. He is currently working on his own book project, a book he will be calling "Call me American,” which will be released in 2017. He also has a film representation about his life already in place.

Abdi's stories are personal narratives on his life growing up in a country shredded by a civil war and finished off by Islamists with the sheer luck to win a green card to immigrate to the United States in 2014. Abdi has contributed to Refugees International, American Public Media and the BBC. As a former refugee, a recent immigrant to the US and a Muslim, Abdi has received requests to speak at TEDx events, Universities and colleges in Maine, and high level conferences at the United Nations in New York.

Abdi has just finished a radio producing workshop in Cape Cod, Massachusetts that has enabled him to take one big step forward in producing stories. He will be in California, Chicago and many places within the next few months speaking at events aimed at refugee issues around the world.