BIAS artists bring a global perspective to contemporary issues. Read a Q&A with series curator Professor Hisham Matar and BIAS artist, novelist Nadeem Aslam. And, see a video of writer Zadie Smith's Barnard visit.
The Barnard International Artist Series welcomes Zadie Smith, the author of White Teeth and The Autograph Man, for a reading from her newest novel, NW. The prize-wining author will discuss race and identity, as well as the relationship between her private passions and her works’ global themes.
When I was in college in the early 1980s, letters—on paper, in ink, with self-licked stamps and everything—were the primary form of communication. Cell phones, Facebook, and e-mail were inconceivable; the payphone in the hallway was noisy and unreliable. And so, like every college student of that era, I wrote letters.
Lily Koppel ’03 may have been just “moon dust”— as she jokes— during the great age of space exploration, but in her second book, The Astronaut Wives Club, the 32-year-old author deftly transports readers through that era, navigating territory that has seldom been traversed.
“There’s been a dramatic transformation,” says Professor Tina Campt. “There’s been the transformation of going from nothing to something.” She’s talking about the Africana Studies Program, which she directs—and which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.