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Author Samina Ali to speak at University’s 2019 Diversity Conference

November 5, 2018
Samina Ali

Author and activist Samina Ali will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Diversity Conference.

Samina Ali, an author, activist, and cultural commentator, will be the keynote speaker for the University’s 2019 Diversity Conference on Monday, April 8.

The annual event begins at 9 a.m. at Strong Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Ali’s debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in fiction. The book details a young woman’s arranged marriage and political awakening and was partly inspired by Ali’s real-life experience growing up in Hyderabad, India, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

At the heart of Ali’s work is her belief in personal narrative as a vital force for achieving women’s individual and political freedom, and the power of new and traditional media as platforms for social transformation.

A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Beast, Ali also has written for the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

The objective of the day-long conference is for the University community and the Greater Rochester community to engage with diversity-related topics. This year’s theme is “finding the courage to lead.”


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