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Nadeem Aslam with Phil Klay, 30 March 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 30, 2016.

Nadeem Aslam with Phil Klay, 30 March 2016

This was a Lannan Literary event.

Nadeem Aslam is a British-Pakistani novelist whose works include Maps for Lost Lovers, The Wasted Vigil, and The Blind Man’s Garden, a tale of two brothers whose lives are upended by war post 9/11. Explaining that his fiction is inspired by “anything that distresses me,” Aslam’s The Wasted Vigil was fed by his conversations with more than 200 Afghan refugees in Britain as well as his travels in Afghanistan.

Aslam’s 2004 novel, Maps for Lost Lovers, tells the story of migrants from Pakistan who live in a cold and unwelcoming English town they have renamed Dasht-e-Tanhaii, meaning the Desert of Loneliness. Marred by racism and violence, Aslam has explained it is not unlike the Northern English town he moved to at the age of 14 where, “we were experiencing low-level September 11s every day.” Through his family, “I learned about political commitment and the life of the mind, and that an artist is never poor.” Nadeem Aslam is the recipient of the Kiriyama Prize, awarded for books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia, as well as a 2005 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction.

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Gabrielle Walker with Chris Williams, 23 March 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 23, 2016.

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Gabrielle Walker is an expert on climate change and the energy industry. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and has taught at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She is the author of four books, most recently, Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent and the best-selling The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming (co-written with David King).

She is currently Chief Scientist at Xynteo, an advisory firm that seeks to enable businesses to grow in a manner which is responsive to the resource, climate, and demographic challenges of the 21st century.

In this event, Walker talked about climate change, action, and sustainability.
This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

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Winona LaDuke with Mililani Trask, 24 February 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 24, 2016.

Winona LaDuke with Mililani Trask, 24 February 2016

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg. She is an indigenous rights activist, an environmentalist, an economist, and a writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation and for sustainable development. She founded and for 25 years served as executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Program, and is currently executive director of Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation. She has served on the boards of the Indigenous Women’s Network and Greenpeace USA, and twice ran as the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate.

LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Among her books are The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, and Recovering the Sacred (both books to be re-issued later this year by Haymarket Books).

LaDuke talked about climate change and climate justice in the indigenous peoples’ communities, followed by a talk with Mililani Trask.

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

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Anthony Ray Hinton with Ben Harmon, 10 January 2016 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 10, 2016.

Anthony Ray Hinton with Ben Harmon, 10 January 2016

This was a special Lannan Cultural Freedom event.

At the age of 29, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama and charged with two capital murders based on flimsy and faulty firearms evidence. Despite having no criminal background, a confirmed alibi, and successfully passing a polygraph test, he was convicted and sentenced to death. Throughout 30 years in jail and on death row, he not only maintained his innocence but persisted in trying to have his case overturned. Finally, in April 2015 with the support of the Equal Justice Initiative, he was fully exonerated and set free.

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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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