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Peter Mortensen Endowed Lecture, featuring author Yaa Gyasi
Join Courage Kusena '23 and Hayet Rida '11 for a discussion with "Homegoing" author Yaa Gyasi. Yaa Gyasi is an author originally from Ghana and currently living in New York City. In this book, Gyasi chronicles two sisters and several generations from the Gold Coast of Ghana to plantations of Alabama to the streets of Harlem.

The Peter Mortensen Endowed Lecture Fund was established in 2006 with a gift from Peter Mortensen, class of 1956, with gratitude for the contribution of The College of Wooster to the success and happiness of three generations of the Mortensen family. Income from the fund is used to support one or more public lectures and/or performances related to the First-Year Seminar, or for similar purposes directly related to the academic program.

Oct 18, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Yaa Gyasi
Author of "Homegoing"
Yaa Gyasi was born in Mampong, Ghana, and moved to the United States at the age of 2. Her father is a French professor, whose pursuit of a PhD led Yaa and her family to move to the United States; her mother is a nurse. Before the time Yaa was 11 years old, she and her family had moved from Ghana to Ohio, from Ohio to Illinois, from Illinois to Tennessee, and, finally, from Tennessee to Huntsville, Alabama. Navigating the school and social transitions wrought by moving was a challenge for Yaa, and she found solace in reading. “Wherever we lived, there was a library. I could go check out books,” she said, recalling “systematically” devouring as many books as the library allowed. Through literature, Yaa said, “I could start to try to understand people in a way that made them more legible to me than they were in real life.”
Hayet Rida '11
Senior Strategist @FCB
Read more about Hayet Rida '11 on the Wooster website at https://wooster.edu/2019/06/26/hayet-rida/
Courage Kusena '23
Current Wooster Student