Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like

A discussion with Marion Brasch,  Zetta Elliott and Siri Hustvedt who will reflect on the current crises that democratic
institutions and governments around the world are facing as part of the rise of strong populist movements.
Moderated by Marcia Pally.

Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

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Blurring Borders: Reimagining Strangers

Through the lens of their literary work and personal perspectives, Raquel Abend, Ibi Zoboi, and Négar Djavadi consider society reimagined in the context of global immigration, migratory movements, political exile, and the challenge of assimilation and integration. Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.

Friday, April 20, 2018
7:30 pm-8:30 pm
La Maison Française
16 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

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Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. She was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the US for over 20 years. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology. The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her novella, Plastique, was excerpted in T Dot Griots: an Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers, and her plays have been staged in New York, Cleveland, and Chicago. She is the recipient of several awards such as the Lee & Low Books’  New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. She is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and she has self-published numerous illustrated books for younger readers under her own imprint, Rosetta Press (3 were named Best of the Year by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature).

Ibi Aanu Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is a graduate of the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.  She is a recipient of a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for her original program, the Daughters of Anacaona Writing Project, partnering with local organizations Dwa Fanm, Inc. and Haiti Cultural Exchange in Brooklyn, and Fondasyon Felicite in Haiti to conduct a 3-day workshop with teen girls in Port-au-Prince. Ibi has completed a teen fantasy novel based on Haitian myth and folklore. Her short story “The Harem” is recently published in Haiti Noir, edited by Edwidge Danticat. She’s a recent winner of the Gulliver Travel Grant given annually by the Speculative Literature Foundation and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel, AMERICAN STREET, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next young adult novel, PRIDE, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, MY LIFE AS AN ICE-CREAM SANDWICH is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books.


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