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Writer and photographer Teju Cole to speak at MLK Convocation

| By Stephanie Weaver
Teju Cole
Photo courtesy of Teju Cole/Tim Knox

Teju Cole, an internationally recognized writer and photographer, will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required. Tickets will be available for Loyola students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the box office starting Nov. 29, 2016. Members of the general public can reserve tickets online.

The MLK Convocation, now in its 24th year, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the new year by coming together for shared inquiry into legacies of race and racial justice in America.

In this year’s lecture, “The Changing Dynamics of Power in the Wake of the 2016 Elections,” Cole will discuss the changed dynamics of power in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election. Cole is the author of Known and Strange Things, Every Day is for the Thief, and Open City.

Every Day Is for the Thief was named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph. It was also shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award. The novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis.

His photography column in the New York Times Magazine was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award. Cole has contributed to the New Yorker, Granta, Brick, and several other magazines.

Cole was born in the United States in 1975, and raised in Nigeria. He is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. 

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