7pm in Leverone Auditorium, Donald P. Jacobs Center
Teju Cole was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria, and currently lives in Brooklyn. His first novel, Open City, was awarded the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis; nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, and a prize from the Royal Society of Literature; and named one of the best books of 2011 by, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many others. His novella, Every Day Is for the Thief, has been “widely praised as one of the best fictional depictions of Africa in recent memory” (The New Yorker) and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Telegraph, the Globe and Mail, and NPR.
Cole is a contributor to many leading journals and magazines. He has lectured widely on a variety of subjects, from contemporary ethics to literary studies, and is currently working on two books, a non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and a photographic project about Switzerland. He recently exhibited his photographs in a show titled “Who’s Got the Address?” He teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow.
Read Cole’s article for The Atlantic “The White Savior Industrial Complex”