Writer, activist Unoma Azuhah to be next CME Faculty-in-Residence

March 6th, 2013 | Tags:

Unoma Azuah

Award-winning writer, activist and literary scholar Unoma Azuah will visit SUNY Oneonta from March 10-16 through the Center for Multicultural Experiences (CME) Faculty-in-Residence Program.

Azuah is an award-winning writer whose research focuses on LGBTI writing in Nigerian literature as a site of resistance in the struggle against social, cultural and political oppression. Her first novel, “Sky High Flames,” won the Urban Spectrum Award and the ANA/Flora Nwapa Award. “Edible Bones,” her second novel, won the 2011 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. A professor of English at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., she is also the author of “The Length of Light,” a short story collection, and “Night Songs,” a collection of poems.

While on campus, Azuah will interact with students, faculty and staff during class visits and special events. On Monday, March 11, Azuah will present a keynote lecture titled “Culture, Sexuality and Taboo in Nigeria”at 7 p.m. in the Craven Lounge. On Tuesday, March 12, she will lead a Beloved Dialogue session titled “Finding Families in Other Worlds” at noon in Littell Hall. That evening, she will lead another discussion, “Nollywood and its Video ‘Closet,’” at 7:30 at Le Café in the Morris Conference Center. On Wednesday, March 13, Azuah will give a reading from her novel “Edible Bones” at 5 p.m. in Room 318 of the Milne Library. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend and participate in these events.

Founded in 2003, the CME’s annual Faculty-in-Residence program was designed to address the relative absence of faculty from historically underrepresented groups. Each year, the college invites a distinguished educator, artist or scholar whose work has rich interdisciplinary range to spend a week on campus.

More information on these events is available from Mary Bonderoff at ext. 2663.