Please join us Wednesday, December 3rd, 6:00pm in Skylight Room (9100) for “A Question of Africa”-- a conversation with authors Saidiya Hartman and M. NourbeSe Philip.
This panel discussion begins with Mauricio Ferri, who spent several weeks as a doctor in Kenema this summer, discussing his experiences of the impact of Ebola on the local society and his reflections on the international response. The commentators will introduce perspectives drawn from their work on global public health and African history, and the discussion will then be opened to the general public.
Mauricio Ferri, Intensive Care Specialist
Abstract: Literature generates philosophically interesting knowledge in the process of creating novel aesthetic effects. I explore this dynamic by considering the representation of the experience of death--taking as my chief example Dickinson’s “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died.” To create an aesthetically convincing representation of what it's like to die, the poet compares this unknown experience with the familiar experience of 'losing oneself' in absorbed listening to sound.
A conversation on "Chaucer's Tale" with Eleanor Johnson and Paul Strohm (Professor Emeritus, Oxford and Columbia).
Focusing on the work of writers of the African diaspora, the “A Question of Africa” series brings together contemporary writers and artists to read and discuss their work and its contemporary contexts. As disparate members of a far-reaching African diaspora, each artist is invited to consider the ways in which the African continent, its countries and cities, its geographies and spatial imaginaries, its peoples, its histories, its sonic or visual figurations, enter or inform their work and their creative process.
Eminent French philosopher Alain Badiou will deliver a public lecture on the topic of the fundamental contradictions of the contemporary world.
The family of Mark Strand will host a memorial event to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.
The event will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18th, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters auditorium, entrance on 632 West 156th Street in Manhattan. The event is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not needed.