GUBAN is a kaleidoscopic tale of the Somali revolution. The novel deftly interlocks stories of all strata of society-interlopers, interlocutors, diplomats, camel herders, revolutionaries, military personnel, and clan leaders, to name but a few. Join PhD candidate Abdi Latif Ega as he explores the pedagogy of literary resistance that underlies his novel, Guban. Ega will discuss the influence of literary resistance found in the works of W.E.B DuBois, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin, among others. Explore the letters of resistance with Ega, a Somali novelist perturbed by the current state of media and global power.
Abdi Latif Ega is a long-time resident of Harlem, New York. He loves and plays jazz that he studied in the late eighties and early nineties. Abdi has had an abiding love affair for the history, literature and research of the new world African. He is heavily influenced by writers of African decent from all corners of the world, and follows in the their tradition of speaking truth to power. This is the first novel in a series of novels on the Horn and specifically Somalia, from the medieval times to the present.
The author self identifies as an African-American originally from Somalia. He studied Jazz theory and performance, and has an undergraduate degree in History and English. Abdi is currently a teaching fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York, and a PhD candidate.
Sponsor: Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI)
Co-sponsors: Departments of African and African American Studies, Geology & Geography, Politics, International Relations, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students' Association (MHACASA) and Philosophy