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Friday, May 5 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2A: The Writing Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Students in this session will engage with a writer who has had success re-imagining personal experience and engaging with contemporary issues to craft powerful narratives. The goal is for students to gain insight from hearing about Jabari's creative process and better understand how personal experience and passion for one's subject influences both content and execution of a creative work.

Jabari Asim writes from two impulses: the first is to indulge his curiosity, to use a book as a convenient excuse to explore in depth a subject that he wants to learn about. The second is to set the record straight: to add his voice to the chorus of resistance that forms a counter-narrative to the prevailing myths about the ethnic group to which he belongs, as they have journeyed from property, to 3/5 of a human being, to embattled citizens of these United States. There's an old proverb that observes, "Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter." Jabari Asim would like to think that, in his own small way, he speaks for the lions.

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Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim is an associate professor at Emerson College, where he directs the graduate program in writing, literature and publishing. He is also the Executive Editor of The Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is the author of 13 books, including The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Charles River Room

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