I know it will be hard – like “Where’s Waldo” in the sea of black faces at SBL. His name is Samy Tioye; he’s a PhD candidate in translation, working on the concept of “eating blood” from Leviticus into Lobiri, his mother tongue in Burkina Faso. Most importantly, he’s also one of my best friends. 😉
It’s Samy’s first time at SBL, only his second time in the US, and his first time to New England, so I’m sure he would appreciate all the encouragement you can give him. Buy him a coffee; buy him lunch; buy him big books for Ben Byerly like Dunn “From Jerusalem” ;-). Ask him to give you all the dirt on me (a short conversation.) Better yet, ask him about his childhood and lifeguards. If he opens up, you’ll be in for a truly unforgetable, even unbelievible, . . . . personal story. He can also tell you more details about being locked up in a Kenyan jail, but he’s got lots of other more interesting stories.