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March 11, 2013

Visiting scholar to read work

Award-winning writer, activist and literary scholar Unoma Azuah is visiting SUNY Oneonta for a week through the Center for Multicultural Experiences Faculty-in-Residence Program.

Azuah will present a keynote lecture titled “Culture, Sexuality and Taboo in Nigeria” at 7 p.m. today at the Craven Lounge in the Morris Conference Center, which is free and open to the public.

Azuah is a writer whose research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex writing in Nigerian literature as a site of resistance in what she calls the struggle against social, cultural and political oppression.

Her first novel, “Sky High Flames,” won the Urban Spectrum Award and the ANA/Flora Nwapa Award. “Edible Bones,” her second novel, won the 2011 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. She is also the author of “The Length of Light,” a short story collection, and “Night Songs,” a collection of poems. She is a professor of English at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. 

While on campus, Azuah will interact with students, faculty and staff during class visits and special events, all of which are open to the community. Azuah will lead a Beloved Dialogue session titled “Finding Families in Other Worlds” at noon Tuesday in Littell Hall. That night, she will lead another discussion, “Nollywood and its Video “Closet,” at 7:30 at Le Café in the Morris Conference Center.

On Wednesday, Azuah will give a reading from “Edible Bones” at 5 p.m. in Room 318 of the Milne Library.

Each year, the college invites an educator, artist or scholar whose work has “rich interdisciplinary range” to spend a week on campus.

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