Responding to Human Rights Issues through the Arts

June 17, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Sarah Lawrence College in partnership with the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities is hosting summer programs in the arts and humanities that address contemporary issues within global society: Responding to Human Rights Issues through the Arts. This summer's program is a one-week creative writing intensive for adults centered around the theme of human trafficking. The act of writing is an attempt to recognize the world, especially as it becomes increasingly unrecognizable. This workshop treats the writer's work as a citizen of this world: one that can either suffer from reading the daily news or evoke memories and invent visions of the future. If one's writing is to survive, it must speak back to it, without creating forcibly political overtones. If one's writing is to help the world survive, it must be as precise and individual as one's own experiences.

The writers taking part in this year's workshop have spent a week in an environment of risk-taking and digging deep into difficult territory. This Saturday, we welcome three students from the course for the final reading of their course and the culmination of the workshop. The reader are:

Bill Stauffer
Dave Hinchliffe
Adazeke Lynn Beville

A reception will follow the reading. Please RSVP to <>.

The course's instructor, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, is a native of Ghana, a writer and musician. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street, a short story collection. Ali’s fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, A Gathering of Tribes, Essence, Open City and other publications. He was the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Ali lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches undergraduate fiction at NYU's Creative Writing Program. His short story "Ravalushan" was recently selected as one of The Best American Short Stories 2016. Ali holds degrees from Bennington College and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Photograph: Michela Martello's "Victim / Survivor," photographed by Manny Fernandes. 

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