African American Read-In 2019
More information coming soon! Theme: Afrofuturism
Want to be a part of the action? Penn State Altoona students can enroll in the AARI course for fall 2018!
Took place on February 11 & 12, 2018
African Diaspora Writers in the U.S.
The “African Diaspora,” in its broadest definition, refers to the scattering, throughout history and across the world, of people of African descent. This year’s African American Read-In course at Penn State Altoona, taught by Liberian American poet and scholar Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, however, focuses more specifically on contemporary African authors living and writing in the United States. Working in the context of the African literary tradition and employing African motifs, they have introduced different voices and dialogues into the larger American experience in their poetry, fiction, memoirs, and dramatic texts. Being African and American at the same time, these writers have a stake in the wellbeing of their homelands, and their hearts continue to be connected to Africa. Our goal is to explore and celebrate their important contributions to the American literary landscape, in a country where a growing percentage of the Black population is made up of immigrants. At this historical moment, experiences of migration, forcible displacement, and exile are shaping the lives of so many worldwide. Participants may choose to read from the works of any African Diaspora author within our theme, or, as always, any African American, African, or Caribbean author writing in the U.S.
Sunday Community Dinner Program, February 11, 2:30-5:00 p.m
The Sunday Community Dinner Program is now full. We have started a waiting list in case of cancellations.
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- Featured Author: Tsitsi Jaji–February 12 at 5:30 p.m.
- Keynote Presentation: Gabeba Baderoon—February 12 at noon
- Monday Marathon—February 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Titelman Study (click here for more information and to reserve a reading time.)
- Monday Marathon Special Features: click here!
Recommended Reading List: click here!
Check out last year’s AARI events here!