Hamid Ekbia spent 352 days in solitary confinement as a political prisoner in Iran.
As people around the globe grappled with isolation in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Hamid Ekbia, a professor at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, thought he could help.
In the mid-1980s, he was a political prisoner in Iran where he spent 352 days in solitary confinement and another 18 months beyond that behind bars. During that time, he learned some techniques that helped him cope, and he wrote about them in a Los Angeles Review of Books article, “Solace in Solitude.”
Ekbia realizes there is a big difference between solitary confinement and staying at home, but that doesn’t minimize the impact of social isolation.
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