Nyabola to speak at Race and Racism Across Borders event

By: Megan DeMint,  Cornell Chronicle
Fri, 04/02/2021

Writer, activist and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola will discuss her upcoming book, Travelling while Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move, as part of Global Cornell’s Race and Racism Across Borders webinar on April 12 at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required.

Nyabola’s collection of essays draws on a history of colonialism and racism to better understand travel and challenge assumptions about identity and belonging – especially for travelers and migrants of color. As an avid traveler based in Nairobi, Kenya, Nyabola’s worldview has been shaped by her personal experiences as a Black woman traveling the world and her work with migrants.

Joining her in conversation are the following panelists:

  • Rachel Beatty Riedl, director and John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; professor, Department of Government, College of Arts and Sciences; Cornell University
  • Kim Yi Dionne, professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • Eleanor Paynter, postdoctoral associate, Migrations initiative

The conversation will also be featured as a special podcast episode on Ufahamu Africa and Migrations: A World on the Move.

Following the dialogue, Cornell students will present original prose, poems and visual art published as part of Global Cornell's Race and Racism Across Borders, a call that asked students and alumni to reflect on new knowledge gained about racial dynamics when they crossed a literal or figurative border.

The following students are presenting their work:

  • Onyinye Akujuo, EMBA ’22
  • Valeria Gomez ’23
  • Samiha Hamdi, MPS ’21
  • Tina Lam, MFA ’22
  • Ekaterina Landgren, PhD ’22
  • Alexandra Li ’23

The event is cosponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, which features racial justice as one of its global research priorities, and Migrations: A Global Challenge.

Read the story in the Cornell Chronicle.


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