"Performing Gender: Sometimes I do and Sometimes I don't" -- Moe Lecture in GWS by Chimamanda Adichie
"Performing Gender: Sometimes I Do and Sometimes I Don't"
Public lecture by Chimamanda Adichie, Nigerian American writer.
In Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun
has helped inspire new, cross-generational communication about the
Biafran war. In this and in her other works, she seeks to instill dignity into the finest details of each character, whether poor, middle class or rich, exposing along the way the deep scars of colonialism in the African landscape.
Americanah, Adichie's most recent book, is a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the
countries they come to call home.
As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today's globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's most powerful and astonishing novel yet.
Adichie builds on the literary tradition of Igbo literary giant Chinua Achebe—and when she found out that Achebe liked Half of a Yellow Sun, she says she cried for a whole day. What he said about her rings true:"We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.”
|Mar 10 7–8:30 pm||"Performing Gender: Sometimes I do and Sometimes I don't" -- Moe Lecture in GWS by Chimamanda Adichiehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/performing-gender-sometimes-i-do-and-sometimes-i-don-t-moe-lecture-in-gws-by-chimamanda-adichie/38950Alumni Hall|
|Mar 15 12:30–1:30 pm||Revolution from Within: The Interiorization of Feminist Self-Help by Michaele Fergusonhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/revolution-from-within-the-interiorization-of-feminist-self-help-by-michaele-ferguson/41330Old Main 05|
|Dec 10, 2013 4–6 pm||Refuge in No Delusions: The Identity Politics of School Reformhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/refuge-in-no-delusions-the-identity-politics-of-school-reform/39712Linner Lounge|
|Oct 8, 2013 4:30–5:30 pm||Age Mattershttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/age-matters/39703Beck 101|
|May 16, 2013 4:30–5:30 pm||Explorations in GWS with Kara Barnettehttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/explorations-in-gws-with-kara-barnette/36369Linner Lounge|
|May 8, 2013 4:30–6 pm||GWS End of the Year Receptionhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gws-end-of-the-year-reception/38477John's Family Courtyard|
|Apr 25, 2013 5:30–6:30 pm||GWS Meetinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gws-meeting-6/36372Linner Lounge|
|4:30–5:30 pm||Explorations in GWS with Elizabeth Baerhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/explorations-in-gws-with-elizabeth-baer/36368Linner Lounge|
|Mar 25, 2013 7–9 pm||Hispanic Film Festival Screening of "Chico & Rita"https://gustavus.edu/calendar/hispanic-film-festival-screening-of-chico-rita/37177Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall|
|Mar 21, 2013 5:30–6 pm||GWS Meetinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gws-meeting-5/36371Linner Lounge|
|4:30–5:30 pm||Explorations in GWS with Sidonia Aleumah-Nimohhttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/explorations-in-gws-with-sidonia-aleumah-nimoh/36367Linner Lounge|
|Mar 18, 2013 7–9 pm||Hispanic Film Festival Screening of "Undertow"https://gustavus.edu/calendar/hispanic-film-festival-screening-of-undertow/37176Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall|
Moe Visiting Lecture in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
The Moe Visiting Lectureship was endowed by Robert and Karin Moe in honor of their daughter, Kris Burke Moe, class of 1984. This lectureship had become a signature event in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program at Gustavus. It has afforded us the opportunity to bring top feminist scholars from the fields of Biology, English, Nursing, Philosophy, History, and Theatre to Gustavus. It has been invaluable in attracting students from a number of different disciplines to our program.
|2012||Jackson Katz||Independent Filmmaker and Author|
|2010||Drucilla K. Barker||University of California (Anthropology)|
|2008||Anne Fausto-Sterling||Brown University (Biologist)|
|2006||Angela Davis||University of California, Santa Cruz (Philosophy)|
|2004||Lourdes Portillo||Independent Film Maker|
|2003||Verona Gordon||University of Minnesota (Nursing)|
|2002||Jacqueline Royster||The Ohio State University (English/Composition)|
|2001||Anita Gonzalez||Conneticut College (Theatre)|
|2000||Margaret Simons||University of South Illinois (Philosophy)|