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Andrew Hanna, author of 25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs, will join the UGA community to discuss his book. His lecture will include the reading of a passage and an open Q&A session. International Student Life, Student Affairs, Immigration Services, and the Office of Global Engagement are proud to host this event in recognition of International Education Month. Free, signed copies will be given to the first 50 attendees.

Financial Times Best Book of the Year, 25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs (Cambridge University Press) tells the story of three Syrian women entrepreneurs in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan and of the broader global refugee entrepreneurship phenomenon they represent. It has been called “a powerful story of hope” by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; a chance to “discover humanity at its best” by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff; “inspir[ing],” “sharply topical, “original,” and “novelistic” by the Financial Times; and “uplifting” by Publishers Weekly. It also won the prestigious Financial Times Bracken Bower Prize in its proposal form.

Hanna is the founder of Mona, a global social enterprise launched at Stanford that supports and invests in underrepresented entrepreneurs and their consumer brands. He is also the cofounder of DreamxAmerica, a social enterprise launched at the Harvard Innovation Lab that joins storytelling and impact to highlight and support immigrant, refugee, and first-generation entrepreneurs, including through a film on PBS and a partnership that connects small businesses to zero-interest loans.

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