Discussion with Award-Winning Author Dinaw Mengestu

Claremont, Calif. (October 6, 2008) - The Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies (IDBS) at The Claremont Colleges announces a discussion with author and writer, Dinaw Mengestu.

Mengestu, who fled the communist revolution in Ethiopia as a child, is the author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. This book won The Guardian First Book Award in the U.K. and the Prix Femina Étranger in France, and earned him a place on the U.S. National Book Foundation's 2007 “5 Under 35” list. Mengestu also received a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he has written for magazines like Harpers', Jane and Rolling Stone. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University's MFA program in fiction.

Mengestu will speak on Thursday, October 23 at 4:15pm at the Rose Hills Theatre in the Smith Campus Center on the Pomona College campus. A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

This lecture is part of the Department's 2008-2009 Speaker Series, “Multiple Identities, Dynamic Subjectivities.” For more information, call (909) 607-3070.

About the IDBS

Established in 1969, the IDBS offers a rich program of multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship to all students at The Claremont Colleges. Its mission is to examine, through various academic disciplines, the experiences of people of African heritage worldwide.

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