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kNOw THEM: Forbidden Faces And Places at Amherst Town Library

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST – February begins a new series of programs for adults titled “Faraway Places” at the Amherst Town Library.

In the first program of the series, Dick Simon, serial entrepreneur and passionate photographer presents, “kNOw THEM: Forbidden Faces and Places,” on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Simon’s photographs portray the untold human stories behind the headlines in regions of conflict around the world. Sharing his experiences, Simon bridges the gap between “us” and “them.” The word “them” has the destructive power to enslave entire continents, wage wars and slaughter in genocides. This talk and images inspires viewers to get past “them” and recognize that the “other” has their own narrative, history and perspective. With this insight, conflicts are resolvable and our human interactions are richer and more nuanced.

His photographs and personal accounts from Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and North Korea have appeared in the Huffington Post, NPR/PBS, the Boston Globe, as well as galleries and museums across the country.

Simon is the founder of Young Presidents’ Organization’s Peace Action Network, empowering more than 20,000 CEOs in 130 countries to make a difference in areas of conflict and need. He has spent the last decade working with leaders on opposite sides in some of the most troubled conflict regions in the world. Simon, a former Amherst resident, is also the recipient of the YPO Global Humanitarian and the Harvard Business School Making a Difference awards. For more information, explore the following websites, and

This presentation and all programs in the series are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program due to space limitations. Other programs in the Faraway Places include “Walking the Way: 500 Miles Along Spain’s Camino de Santiago” on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., “A Year in Morocco” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., and “Laos: Two Capitols” on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Register for all these events by calling 673-2288, emailing library@amherst or by visiting and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”

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