The Center for 'Race,' Culture and Social Justice Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series Program with Juan Tomas Avila Laurel --Rescheduled

The Center for "Race," Culture and Social Justice is pleased to announce the visit of the inaugural speaker on the Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series Program. Aiming to foster engagement on campus with scholarship and writing on Africa, produced by African scholars, the Center will feature one visit to campus of a scholar or writer from Africa each semester.

On Wednesday, April 10Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel (Equatorial Guinea, West Africa) will spend a full day with us at Hofstra. He will conduct a writing workshop (in Spanish) from 12:45-2:15 p.m. at the Center's lounge in Roosevelt 203. In the same location, there will be a meet and greet with the author between 2:30-4 p.m., and lunch will be provided. From 4:30-6 p.m. he will give a public lecture on activism and political dissidence in Africa (in Spanish with simultaneous English translation) in Roosevelt 201.

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is an internationally known writer, blogger and activist from Equatorial Guinea, now living between Barcelona and Malabo because of his opposition to the 40-year long dictatorship of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in his country (Obiang has been in office since he overthrew his uncle Francisco Macías Nguema out of power in 1979). Ávila Laurel is the author of more than 20 books (novels, essays, poetry, plays and short stories) which have been translated into numerous languages, including English, French, and Finnish. One of his latest novels, By Night the Mountain Burns (And Other Stories Press, 2014) narrates his childhood in the small South Atlantic island of Annobón, while The Gurugu Pledge (And Other Stories Press, 2017) tells the stories of African migrants in their attempt to arrive to the shores of Europe, and provides a reflection on decolonization and dictatorships on the continent today. 


Co-sponsored by The Center for 'Race,' Culture and Social Justice, the Hofstra College of Libral Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, the African Studies Program, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program

Date: April 10 (rescheduled from April 3)

Time: 12:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Roosevelt Hall 201

Wednesday, April 10, 2019



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