Teju Cole, New York Times Magazine Photography Critic and Author, Will Give A Reading At Eastern Michigan University

Teju Cole

Teju Cole


TEJU COLE is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine.

He was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria. He currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph, and shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award, and a novel, Open City, which also featured on numerous book of the year lists, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature.

Teju Cole has contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Qarrtsiluni, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Granta, Aperture, Transition, A Public Space, the New Inquiry, and several other magazines. He is currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and is engaged in curatorial projects. 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. He has lectured widely, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design to Twitter Headquarters, and gave the 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Duke University. He was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction.  http://www.tejucole.com

Teju Cole will be reading a selection from one of his writings and hosting a Q&A session.

Wed Mar 9, 2016

7:00 PM

Student Center Auditorium

Cost: Free

Open to the public

345 Student Center, 900 Oakwood Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197



Shapeshifters: Featured Book, Center for the Education of Women’s Book Talk

Featured CEW Book Talk Book by Wolverine Alumna Aimee

Featured CEW Book Talk

Author Aimee Cox

Author & Wolverine Alumna Aimee Meredith Cox

“Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship” - A Book Talk with Aimee Meredith Cox

Date: November 5, 2015 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Munger Graduate Residences, 8th Floor, Rm 8110, 540 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2414

“Join us for a book talk and signing with U-M graduate, Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. In her book, Shapeshifters,
Dr. Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves.
Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt the social hierarchies and prescriptive narratives that work to marginalize them. Among these are dance and poetry, which residents learn in shelter workshops. These outlets for performance and self-expression, Cox shows, are key to the residents exercising their agency, while their creation of alternative family structures demands a rethinking of notions of care, protection, and love. Cox also uses these young women’s experiences to tell larger stories: of Detroit’s history, the Great Migration, deindustrialization, the politics of respectability, and the construction of Black girls and women as social problems. With Shapeshifters, Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.

Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African AmericanStudies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Her book Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2015) is available on Amazon. Dr. Cox is on the editorial board of The Feminist Wire and on the founding editorial board of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II. Aimee was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and 2013-2014 Visiting Professor in New York University’s Anthropology Department.” -Center For The Education Of Women

This event is co-sponsored by U-M Women’s Studies, the Munger Graduate Residences, Women of Color in the Academy Project, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS), the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Women’s Studies Department, and the Center for the Education of Women.

Additional funding is provided by CEW’s Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders fund.

This program is free, and open to the public. Register here to attend!

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