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Friday, October 27

Global Issues Through Literature: Authors Under Authoritarianism
Night Birds and Other Stories by Khet Mar
Time:
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center
Contact:
Lisa Bromberg
Contact Phone:
412-624-3487
Contact Email:
lisarbromberg@pitt.edu

This year's Global Issues Through Literature series,a reading group designed for K-12 educators to learn and use new texts in the classroom, will travel the world through the eyes of authors writing under authoritarianism to try to understand the role of literature as document, commentator, and critic of restrictive regimes.

Khet Mar is a Burmese writer and political activist who was persecuted, tortured, and imprisoned in her home country. She is currently living at City of Asylum in Ithaca, NY as an exiled writer-in-residence. Her short novel about two oppressed teenagers speaking to each other through their apartment windows was, in her words, "a fictional way to express what happened to me in jail." Yet, the Burmese censors read the plot as metaphor and banned the novel. Khet Mar will lead the discussion herself, in person. Books, dinner, parking, and Act 48 hours provided. Register by September 25th here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegVl2JpCzbwCuHswd6FSbzwDP9QOxI...