Last Thursday, in a session dedicated to our adult community, Richard Zimler, the renowned author of “The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon”, among many other historical fiction novels, shared his story and his goals as a writer in an informal and well spirited talk under the theme “Speaking for the Silenced”. Zimler shared that he dedicates his writing to give a voice to those who have been oppressed or forgotten, seeking to remind his readers of these important moments in history and to promote social. We were honored to have Mr. Douglas Koneff, Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Embassy, delivering an introductory speech. Following the presentation there were many interesting questions from our audience, and a moment for book signing and to have a few more personal words with the author.
On Friday, Mr. Zimler was the keynote speaker for the 29th Iberian Model United Nations at Centro Cultural de Belém. The event drew the participation of 22 different schools from various countries, bringing about 400 student delegates together. That same afternoon, Mr. Zimler also made a presentation for our middle schoolers and elementary students, to whom he read one of his children's books “Se Eu Fosse…”
We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Zimler for sharing his time and knowledge with our community over these two days.