Online Event: Conversations Across the Diaspora with Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Claudia Rankine



A new interactive series by the Museum of African Studies brings you eclectic conversations from across the African diaspora. Join author and host Sarah Ladipo Manyika for talks with some of the most exciting voices from Berlin to Harare, from Tamale to London and New York and everywhere in between. We’ll introduce you to all sorts of folks—some you will know, others you may never have heard of, but never the usual suspects talking about the usual topics. We’ll be speaking with everyone from actors to poets, scholars, athletes, entrepreneurs, architects, artists and many more.

This month author and host Sarah Ladipo Manyika in conversation with poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine. After you register you will receive information to join via zoom on November 13th at 12 noon (Pacific Daylight Time) / 8pm (UK).

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, Just Us: An American Conversation, a collection of essays with Graywolf Press released in September 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII).

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe, and England. Sarah is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist and founding books editor for Her debut novel, In Dependence, is an international bestseller while her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, has been translated into a number of languages. Her nonfiction includes personal essays and intimate profiles of people she meets from Mrs. Harris and Pastor Evan Mawarire to Toni Morrison and Michelle Obama. Sarah previously served on MoAD’s board and currently serves as Board Director for the women’s writing residency, Hedgebrook.

Both authors are contributors to New Daughters of Africa,  a landmark anthology which celebrates the work of 200 women writers of African descent and charts a literary landscape as never before. Published to international acclaim in 2019, it is now available in a beautifully produced paperback. BUY NOW

Head to the MoAD website to buy your ticket. All tickets are Pay What You Can.