Edwidge Danticat ’90 Speaks About Creating Dangerously

On October 21st, Barnard College welcomed acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat ’90 as the Africana Studies Program’s first speaker of its Distinguished Alumnae Series, which aims to showcase graduates who engage in Africana studies beyond their time at Barnard. Danticat, whose work as a novelist and poet was honored with a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2009, returned to campus to discuss her most recent book, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work and to continue a conversation started over 20 years ago with Quandra Prettyman, a senior lecturer in Barnard’s English department who was Danticat’s first-year seminar professor and remains a mentor to this day.

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