Tuesday, 12 March 2013


 Award-winning writer, activist and literary scholar
Unoma Azuah  is currently on the third day of her visit to
SUNY Oneonta. through the Center for Multicultural
Experiences (CME) Faculty-in-Residence Program.

The visit took off on Monday, March 11 with Azuah
presenting a keynote lecture titled “Culture, Sexuality and
Taboo in Nigeria.” The lecture, which began at 7
p.m. at the Craven Lounge in the Morris
Conference Center was made open to the public.

Azuah is an award-winning writer whose research
focuses on LGBTI writing in Nigerian literature as
a site of resistance in the struggle against social,
cultural and political oppression. Her first novel,
“Sky High Flames,” won the Urban Spectrum
Award and the ANA/Flora Nwapa Award. “Edible
Bones,” her second novel, garnered the 2011
Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. She is also the author of
“The Length of Light,” a short story collection,
and “Night Songs,” a collection of poems. She is a
professor of English at Lane College in Jackson,

In the course of the event, Azuah will interact with
students, faculty and staff during class visits and
special events, all of which are open to the

Azuah  led a Beloved Dialogue session titled
“Finding Families in Other Worlds”at noon
Today, in Littell Hall. This evening, she will
lead another discussion,“Nollywood and its
Video ‘Closet,’” at 7:30 at LeCafé in the Morris
Conference Center.

On Wednesday, March 13, Azuah will give a
reading from her novel “Edible Bones” at 5 p.m.
in Room 318 of the Milne Library.

Founded in 2003, the CME’s annual Faculty-in-
Residence program was designed to address the
relative absence of faculty from historically
underrepresented groups. Each year, the college
invites a distinguished educator, artist or scholar
whose work has rich interdisciplinary range to
spend a week on campus.

More information on these events is available from
Mary Bonderoff at (607) 436-2663.


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