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Teju Cole with Amitava Kumar, 3 February 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 3, 2016.

Teju Cole with Amitava Kumar, 3 February 2016

This was a Lannan Literary event.

Teju Cole, writer, art historian, photographer and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine, is the author of the novella Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by The New York Times. Of his novel Open City, Time Magazine said, “A powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but Open City merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.”

Teju Cole has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Financial Times, Aperture, The Atlantic, Granta, and several other publications. His photography has been exhibited in India and the US, published in a number of journals, and will be the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy.

Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria, Cole currently lives in Brooklyn. A recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction, Teju Cole is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and is currently at work on a book-length nonfiction narrative of Lagos, Nigeria.

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, 20 January 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 20, 2016.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, 20 January 2016

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She writes about Black politics, housing inequality and issues of race and class in the U.S. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Ms., and elsewhere.

A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, her book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is forthcoming in 2016.

Taylor talked about the Black liberation movement and the current and historical struggles of African Americans against police violence and for equal rights, followed by a talk with Donna Murch.

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

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Richard Falk with Ali Abunimah, 2 December 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 2, 2015.

Richard Falk with Ali Abunimah, 2 December 2015

Richard Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and Research Fellow at Orfalea Center of Global Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. He was chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Board of Directors until 2012, served as honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law, and is a member of The Nation editorial board. From 2008 – 2014 he served as special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories for the United Nations.
Author of numerous books on global issues and international law, his most recent works are Palestine: The Legitimacy Of Hope and Chaos and Counterrevolution: After The Arab Spring.

Falk talked about prospects and hopes for Palestinian self-determination, and was followed by a talk with Ali Abunimah.

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

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Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, 11 November 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 11, 2015.

Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, 11 November 2015

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. She was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain, and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

Forna first gained serious literary attention for her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water, in which she investigates the murder of her father, Mohamed Forna, a rising star in Sierra Leone’s fledgling democracy. Her novel, Ancestor Stones, encompasses a sweeping view of Africa in the 20th Century, told through the story of Abi, newly returned to Africa from England. Forna’s second novel, The Memory of Love, is set in contemporary Sierra Leone at a hospital where the patients are coping with the wounds – both physical and psychological – from the previous century’s Civil War. Of her recent novel, The Hired Man, John Freeman of The Boston Globe wrote, “Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history’s layers are often invisible to all but its participants.”

Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University. She is a columnist for The Guardian and was a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. In 2003, Aminatta established the Rogbonko Project to build a school in a village in Sierra Leone. The charity now runs a number of projects in the spheres of education, sanitation, and maternal health.

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Henry A. Giroux with Maya Schenwar, 14 October 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 14, 2015.

Henry A. Giroux with Maya Schenwar, 14 October 2015

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

Henry A. Giroux is an educator, author, and public intellectual. He has written more than 60 books, most recently Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine, Zombie Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism (2nd edition), and Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism. He is a member of Truthout‘s Board of Directors and a regular contributor to the nonprofit, independent online news organization.

Giroux talked about the systematic undermining of American democracy by corporate and politically driven interests, followed by a talk with Maya Schenwar.

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Elizabeth Alexander with Maureen Corrigan, 30 September 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 30, 2015.

Elizabeth Alexander with Maureen Corrigan, 30 September 2015

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and author of the recent memoir, The Light of the World, a story of love and loss following the sudden death of her husband. Of the book, Joyce Carol Oates said, “Both a memoir and a portrait of marriage, The Light of the World, is as its title suggests, a bittersweet testament to love and the memory of love, one of the most compelling memoirs of loss that I have ever read.”

Elizabeth Alexander composed and delivered a poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. Alexander has been contributing to ongoing conversations about race, immigration, and social justice throughout her career. She once remarked, “Poetry is not meant to cheer; rather, poetry challenges, and moves us towards transformation.”

The former Chair of Yale University’s Department of African American Studies, Alexander serves as Yale’s Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the first Alphonse Fletcher St. Fellowship. Dr. Alexander is currently at work on an anthology of 300 years of African American poetry.

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Artist Walk Through: James Drake in Anatomy of Drawing and Space: Brain Trash, 9 July 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 9, 2015.

Artist James Drake provided commentary on his exhibit at Lannan Foundation Gallery.

James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space: Brain Trash gallery tour

Born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1946 and raised in Guatemala, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, James Drake received both his MFA and his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His art has been displayed across the country, from the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, New York to the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington DC to the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 2014, Drake’s collection Anatomy of Drawing and Space: Brain Trash traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin for exhibition. He has published three books: James Drake (University of Texas Press, 2008); James Drake: Red Drawings & White Cut-Outs (Radius Books, 2012); and James Drake: 1242 (Radius Books, 2015). Drake is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Grants (1988, 1989), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2001), and a Nancy Graves Award for Visual Arts (2001).

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Thomas Joshua Cooper – Artist Walk Through: Carry Me – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 25, 2015. This was a private event.

An exhibition from the Lannan Collection featuring river images by Thomas Joshua Cooper, 28 February – 19 April 2015.

Thomas Joshua Cooper: Carry Me Gallery Tour

About the Exhibition:

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

While primarily known for his photographs of oceans and seas, Thomas Joshua Cooper has also set his sights on rivers across Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. Within his ongoing twenty-five-year-long project, The World’s Edge—The Atlantic Basin Project—An Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity, Cooper has made pictures (the artist is explicit that he makes rather than takes pictures) of major rivers on four continents including the Plate in Argentina, the Mississippi in the U.S., and the Rhine in Germany. Cooper also recently presented an exhibition in the U.K. of Scottish work entitled Scattered Waters: Sources, Streams and Rivers. In the accompanying catalogue he writes, “I have lived near, played by and travelled along these rivers during the 32 years that Scotland has been my home.”

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Claudia Rankine with Saskia Hamilton, 6 May 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 6, 2015.

Claudia Rankine with Saskia Hamilton

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including, most recently, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014) which continues Rankine’s unique genre and presents a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism on society. Another collection, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004), is a multi-genre experimental project, blending poetry, essays, and images, of which she writes, “Forgiveness, I finally decide, is not the death of amnesia, nor is it a form of madness as Derrida claims. For the one who forgives, it is simply a death, a dying down in the heart, the position of the already dead.” In praise, Jorie Graham wrote, “Rankine breaks out of virtual emotion, reawakens honesty, and exhibits such raw political courage and aesthetic bravery it sends tremors through the entire field of American poetry as she finds it.”

Her plays include Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, which was commissioned by the Foundry Theatre, and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn).

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Naomi Klein with Katharine Viner, 29 April 2 015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 29, 2015.

Naomi Klein with Katharine Viner

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, fellow at The Nation Institute, and author of the international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Her regular column for The Nation and The Guardian is distributed internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004 Klein won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s Magazine. The same year, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with Avi Lewis.

Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, to be published in September, examines why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

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