Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, Reading, 11 November 2015 – Video

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

In this episode she is introduced by Laila Lalami and then reads from her work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

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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

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, Conversation, 14 October 2015 – Video

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

In this episode, he is joined in conversation with Maya Schenwar. The companion Talk episode may be found here.

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

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

In this episode, he is introduced by Maya Schenwar and then gives a talk. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

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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

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, Conversation, 30 September 2015 – Video

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

In this episode she is joined in conversation with Maureen Corrigan. The companion Reading episode may be found here.

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Elizabeth Alexander with Maureen Corrigan, Reading, 30 September 2015 – Video

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

In this episode she is introduced by Maureen Corrigan and then reads from her work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

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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

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 – Video

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.

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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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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