Award-Winning Writer and Activist to Speak

March 8th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

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.

On Monday, March 11, Azuah will present a keynote lecture titled “Culture, Sexuality and Taboo in Nigeria.” The lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Craven Lounge in the Morris Conference Center, is free and open to the public.

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, garnered the 2011 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. She is also the author of “The Length of Light,” a short story collection, and “Night Songs,” a collection of poems. She is a professor of English at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.

While on campus, Azuah will interact with students, faculty and staff during class visits and special events, all of which are open to the community. Azuah will lead a Beloved Dialogue session titled “Finding Families in Other Worlds” at noon on Tuesday, March 12, 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.

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 (607) 436-2663.