Asian American Diasporic Writers Series: How to Pronounce Knife with Souvankham Thammavongsa
February 17, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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Co-sponsored by CSER and the Department of English at Columbia University. Writer Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (Little, Brown, 2020), a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Time Magazine 100 Must-Read Book of 2020, and winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The stories that makeup How to Pronounce Knife focus on characters struggling to find their bearings in unfamiliar territory, or shuttling between idioms, cultures, and values. Moderated by Denise Cruz, Associate Processor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia.

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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