Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall,
Tishman Auditorium, 1st floor
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY
African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of Africa and the world. From Lagos, Johannesburg and Dakar to Paris, New York, London, or Berlin, writers and artists of African descent are using their locations not only to reimagine and rewrite Africa – but the world; they are mobilizing the resources available to them, wherever they are, to think with the world and redefine the contemporary in their own images. They are re-engendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes.
Please join us as three of the best among them examine and discuss African and African diaspora literary and artistic productions, packaging, distribution and reception in Africa and globally, while paying close attention to changes taking place in the styles, artistic as well as political perspectives and visions of how to be African in the world today; how to mediate between multiple and diverse identity positions.
Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)
Space is limited.
Taiye Selasi is an author and photographer. Born in London and raised in Boston, she holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford. In 2005 she published the seminal essay "Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)," sparking a movement among young transnational Africans. In 2013 Selasi's debut novel, the New York Times bestseller Ghana Must Go, was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 byThe Wall Street Journal and The Economist. The same year Selasi was named to Granta's once-in-a-decade list of Best Young British Novelists. Her 2015 TED talk, "Don't Ask Where I'm From; Ask Where I'm a Local," has reached over two million viewers, redefining the way a global society conceives of personal identity.
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria and has resided in the United States since 2001. The recipient of many honors, including a Guggenheim Award, Abani’s fiction includes The Secret History of Las Vegas (Penguin 2014), Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004), and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985). His poetry collections are Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), There Are No Names for Red (Red Hen Press, 2010), Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2010) and others. Through his TED Talks, public speaking and essays Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. He is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.
Binyavanga Wainaina won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. He is the founding editor of Kwani?, a leading African literary magazine based in Kenya, and his work has appeared widely in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, The EastAfrican, National Geographic, The Sunday Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Guardian, among other publications worldwide. In 2011, Graywolf published his memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place to acclaim and praise from Teju Cole, Alexandra Fuller, and many others. Wainaina served as the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. TIME named Wainaina one of their 100 Most Influential People of 2014.