Speaking June 19, 2018
at the Humphreys Rodgers House
102 Gates Ave. SW Huntsville, Al 35801
Born in 1965, Sam Subbey is a Norwegian scientist with African roots. He is a researcher at the Institute of Marine Biology in Bergen, Norway and in 2000, he received a PhD from the University of Bergen in Norway for his thesis on “Regularizing the Volterra Integral Equation of the First Kind.”. Mr Subbey teaches at Cornell in Ithica, New York. In 2017, was awarded the 2017-2018 Fulbright scholarship as a visiting professor at Cornell University, USA. In his leisure time, he plays soccer, squash, and enjoys outdoor life – cross-country skiing and hill walking. He finds pleasure in writing poems and fiction, and working as executive board member for the Trax Norway charity.
He recently had his book Going for Balm in Gilead published. His book is about a boy named Samuel who was born in an African village, where the ancestors used to depend on natural indicators to predict the start of seasonal rains. Lately, the indicators had become unreliable, and when the community failed to predict the onset of rains, crops failed, and the threat of famine loomed large on the horizon. Samuel was blamed because he had passed on information about the rains, which turned out to be wrong. Assisted by an enigmatic village pastor, Samuel escaped to the city before society could exact its retribution. Enticed by the prospects of better income abroad, Samuel crossed the Mediterranean Sea illegally, to settle in Gilead in Europe. Unfortunately, life in Gilead did not turn out as he had envisaged. This book chronicles Samuel’s struggle to achieve success. It tells the story of how he had to straddle two parallel worlds of existence, and the ultimate discovery that because he had become exotic in both worlds, ‘home’ was nowhere. This is Samuel’s story of how he ultimately discovers that the secret of success lay in self-reconciliation, and that at the heart of this, was the definition of ‘home.’