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Keynote Speaker — Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Monday, October 13, 7:30 p.m., Schwab Auditorium

Student tickets: Monday, September 29, with a valid ID
Faculty/Staff/Community tickets: Wednesday, October 8
Tickets will be available at all Center for Performing Arts ticket outlets

Live Stream in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, and online. Free login with PSU Access Account

Americanah and Transnational Black Identities — An Americanah Book Discussion Presented by Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D., Department of African American Studies

Tuesday, October 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 217 Willard Building

Please join Keisha N. Blain for a discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah through the lens of 'black internationalism.' The discussion will explore the themes of race, ethnicity, and nationality as central components in the development of transnational black identities. Open to all undergraduate students.

Keisha N. Blain is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Africana Research Center (ARC) and in the Department of African American Studies. She completed a B.A. in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. She is currently writing a book entitled, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Radical Politics, and the Gendered Contours of Internationalism.

Discussion — Studying Abroad in Africa

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., East Halls Cultural Lounge
Sponsored by Residence Life

Lecture — Chinelo Okparanta, Nigerian American writer

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library
Sponsored by the Penn State English Department

The Penn State Freedom Tour: What Next?

Monday, November 10, 8:00 p.m., HUB Auditorium