Durst Distinguished Lecture: Haiti By Other Names: Writing Haiti in a Foreign Tongue




Humanities Theatre, Humanities Building
Celebrated author Edwidge Danticat will address the role of the writer for contemporary Haiti, followed by a conversation with Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Mehdi Tavana Okasi and the audience.

More about Edwidge Danticat:

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edwidge Danticat is the author of many books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak! (1996), a finalist for the National Book Award; and Claire of the Sea Light (2013), named a book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, National Public Radio, and The Washington Post. Her most recent collection of short stories, Everything Inside, was published in August 2019 by Knopf. In addition to her fiction, Danticat regularly reports on Haiti, migration, and other topics for The New Yorker. Her 2007 memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Her many recognitions include a MacArthur Fellowship, honorary degrees from Smith College, Yale University, and the University of the West Indies Open Campus, and the 2017 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. 

About the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series:

The Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment supports the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature, awarded to a distinguished professor whose work bridges literature and the visual or performing arts, and the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series for visiting professors and other lecturers. This generous support has benefited the college and especially enriched the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the Literature and Creative Writing programs at Purchase College.




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