Jacob Wheeler Angel of the Garbage Dump- Camino Seguro "Safe Passage" - INT 100 APPROVED!

Monday, October 10, 2022
10:00 a.m.
Faculty, Staff, Students

Author and journalist Jacob Wheeler lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife Sarah and children, Nina and Leo. He publishes the Glen Arbor Sun newspaper and teaches at Northwestern Michigan College. Wheelerýs first book, Between Light and Shadow (University of Nebraska Press, 2011) covered Guatemalaýs child adoption industry. He fell in love with the Central American nation while studying Spanish years earlier in Quetzaltenango in the western highlands. Wheelerýs reporting has won awards from Project Censored and the Michigan Press Association. A native of Denmark, he has filed stories from five continents, and his work has appeared in such publications as The Rotarian, Teaching Tolerance, Utne Reader, In These Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Chronicle. As a storyteller, he is attracted to narratives that feature ordinary people taking on herculean tasks and succeeding against great odds.

Here's a synopsis of the book:

Maine-native Hanley Denning, the Angel of the Garbage Dump, saw poverty and desperation in its ugliest form and refused to turn a blind eye. In the Guatemala City garbage dump, she launched an educational reinforcement nonprofit called Safe Passage, or ýCamino Seguro,ý and helped pull thousands of children out of the teeming filth of one of the largest urban landfills in the Americas. Denning was killed in a car accident outside the Guatemalan capital in 2007, but Safe Passage continues to change countless lives today.

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This event was added to the calendar by Lynnette Keen (keenly@gvsu.edu) on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.