Conditional Citizens

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm
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GSC Book Discussion Registration: CLOSED
The Discussion will be led by Salvatore Poier, visiting lecturer at Urban Studies, University of Pittsburgh

In Conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective. Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. 

The Global Studies Center, along with Pitt faculty will hold a virtual book discussion on Thursday, October 22 at 6 PM. Please register by clicking on the date above. Once your registration is received, a Zoom-Link will be sent to you via email.

Prize-winning novelist (The Moor’s Account, The Other Americans) Laila Lalami’s Conditional Citizens shares her experience as a Moroccan immigrant to create a deeply personal investigation of the place of nonwhites in American culture.

In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Lalami poignantly illustrates how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation. Conditional citizens, she argues, are all the people whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other. 

Co-sponsored by the Pitt University Library System (ULS).


Author Info
Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of four novels, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
She has received fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program, and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a full professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles. Her new book, a work of nonfiction called Conditional Citizens, will be published by Pantheon in Fall 2020. You can pre-order it here.

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