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Fri, Jan 20


New York

Black and Female at The Cooper Union

Join Cafe con Libros at Cooper Union to celebrate Tsitsi Dangarembga's release of her new essay collection

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Black and Female at The Cooper Union
Black and Female at The Cooper Union

Time & Location

Jan 20, 2023, 7:00 PM

New York, 41 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003

About the Event

The Cooper Union's Intersectional Justice series is hosting Tsitsi Dangarembga alongside Margo Jefferson to disucss the release of Dandarembga's new collection of essays. 

The paradigm-shifting collection examines the legacy of imperialism on Dangarembga own life and on every aspect of black embodied African life. She recounts a painful separation from her parents as a toddler, connecting this experience to the ruptures caused in Africa by human trafficking, enslavement and colonization. She argues that, after independence, the ruling party in Zimbabwe only performed inclusion for women while silencing the work of self-actualized feminists. She describes her struggles to have her voice heard in theater, film, and literature, laying out the long path to the publication of her novels. At once philosophical, intimate, and urgent, Black and Female is a powerful testimony of the pervasive and long-lasting effects of racism and patriarchy that provides an ultimately hopeful vision for change. Café con Libros will sell books at the program.

Attendees must show proof of vaccination. Masks are encouraged.

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