Cedar Crest College Visiting Writer's Series presents a virtual nonfiction reading with Hawa Allan, author of Insurrection, on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. on Teams. Connect using the below link!
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Insurrection is a brilliant debut about the paradoxical state of Black citizenship in the United States. It offers insight into the little-known and under-studied 1807 Insurrection Act and its impact today. Elegant and profound, deeply researched, and intensely felt, Insurrection is necessary reading in our reckoning with structural racism, government power, and protest in the United States.
Hawa Allan is an attorney and writer of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Baffler, among other publications. She lives and works in New York City.
"'All of history is happening right now,’ observes Hawa Allan in this beautifully written history of the complex, paradoxical role of the Insurrection Act in American life. Allan’s profoundly moving book exposes the emotional underbelly of slavery’s traumatic legacy on both enslavers and enslaved, and on all the generations since. The affective echo of that moral crisis remains entangled in today’s most urgent conflagrations. In a moment as deeply divided as ours, Allan’s book offers principled and reflective pause.”—Patricia J. Williams author of Giving a Damn
"Eloquently mixing history, autobiography, and philosophy, this powerful account sheds new light on the Black experience in America.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This event is made possible by Cultural Programming and the Department of History, Literature and Languages.
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