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Brown University is hosting an African Writers Festival in about two weeks. The event is titled “The New Global Africa: Confrontations and Connections” and explores the ways in which African writers are redefining what it means to be a public intellectual.

Award winning Nigerian author Chika Unigwe, who is also professor at Brown University, is the convener of the event, which promises a full day of panel discussions and readings.

Featured speakers include Uwem Akpan, the author of Say You Are One of Them, Chinelo Okparanta winner of the 2016 Lambda Fiction Awards and author of Under the Udala Trees, E. C. Osondu, the author of This House is Not Sale and professor at Rhode Island University, Okey Ndibe who is currently on tour promoting his memoirs, and Namwali Serpell Caine Prize winner and literature professor at University of California, Berkeley.

Date: February 15, 2017

Venue: Brown University McCormack Family Center, 70 Brown Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Time: 9:30 am

If you’re anywhere around Providence, Rhode Island, make sure to attend. It looks it’ll be a lot of fun.

 

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