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Writing Injustice Book Discussion: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears (2007) by Dinaw Mengestu

May 22, 2019 7:00 pm
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May 22, 2019 8:00 pm
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Through literature, film, and other media, the Writing Injustice Book Group invites the Guilford community to explore the issues of race and inequality that shape our history and our world. The books to be discussed Our 2019 readings will focus on two very different migrant experiences:

Conversations will be led and facilitated by Hazel V. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at Yale University, and Donna Daniels, Ph.D., Management Consultant and Cultural Anthropologist.

The 2019 readings focus on two very different migrant experiences:
beautiful things“The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” (2007) by Dinaw Mengestu
Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Seventeen years later he is running a failing grocery store in a poor African American section of Washington, D.C., his only friends two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia for home. The arrival of new neighbors, Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter, are the first signs of gentrification. Sepha is drawn to them and begins to imagine a future, but when a series of protests rock the community, everything is put at risk.

Copies of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears will be available at the Reference Desk.
Free and open to all. Please register.