Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00 pm

In late December 2012, Jewish American photographer Matthew Schrier was captured by an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, while traveling on the road between Aleppo and the Turkish border. He was among a collection of kidnapped American journalists held by Syrian jihadists in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Schrier strategically converted to Islam in March 2013 as a survival tactic to get better treatment. A strategy which later proved to be life-saving.  In July 2013 Schrier became the first and only westerner to escape from al Qaeda. Schrier will share his harrowing story of survival on February 21 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. The event is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.