Speaking

I've really enjoyed giving the talks that have followed publication of the book. Besides bookstore readings, I've spoken at colleges, universities and libraries, at Ethiopian events such as the millennium celebration in Los Angeles (more), to private book clubs and at a reading sponsored by an organization of adoptive families. Some highlights:

  • Speaking at a fundraiser to benefit the St. Cloud Public Library in central Minnesota. I spent long hours at that library when I was in high school, and it felt great to help raise money for a new building. Thanks to my old English teacher Connie Crane for having me, and to all my high school friends for coming out in force. You made it a real homecoming.

  • Speaking at the campuses of Montgomery College in Maryland. These community colleges have a significant minority student population that includes many Ethiopians. I thought a lot about young Ethiopians and their connection to both Ethiopian and American culture as I wrote the book, so I loved speaking to the students and hearing their thoughtful comments and questions. Thanks to Prof. Ellen Olmstead for tracking me down, and to members of the Ethiopian Student Association for inviting me a second time (and for bringing in a delicious Ethiopian lunch). You can see the ESA's many pictures here.

  • Giving, together with my father, a joint keynote address at Harvard University's "Cultural Creativity in the Ethiopian American Diaspora," conference, an amazing three day affair. It is still hard for me to believe, given all those years when we were the only Ethiopians around, that there are upwards of 300,000 Ethiopians in America today – but the conference brought this point home. I learned so much about Ethiopian artistic and musical expression and about the demographics of the community. My dad, of course, was in his element, and it was a lot of fun to watch him (and my mother) interacting with long-time friends and colleagues. As for the keynote address – what a privilege. Speaking with my dad in that setting was an experience I will always cherish. Click here for the conference program and here for an article reporting on the event.
 
 


Recent & Upcoming Appearances

July 23, 2010, 1:00-2:00pm & 3:00-4:00pm
African Caribbean Heritage Camp
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E. Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246

Contact

If you'd like to have me address your group, please get in touch by visiting my Contact Page.

 

 
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