Date & Time: September 17, 2020 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Location: Virtual

In conversation with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Sentwali Bakari, PhD, Sarah Broom discusses the themes of her inventive memoir and this year’s Adelphi Reads book, The Yellow House, and the process of reflecting on one’s life, and the lives that came before. Broom discusses her creative process, obstacles she faced far beyond writer’s block, and the lessons from the past she carries into the future.

About the Speakers

Sarah M. Broom

Sarah Broom

Sarah M. Broom is the author of the 2019 National Book Award Winner and instant New York Times bestseller The Yellow House, a brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. Heralded as “one of the year’s best memoirs…an urgent meditation on the American dream” (Entertainment Weekly), “a remarkable journey” (Robin Roberts, Good Morning America), and “an instantly essential text, examining the past, present and possible future of the city of New Orleans, and of America writ large” (cover review of the New York Times Book Review), Sarah’s debut has been dubbed a must-read book in over 15 publications including the LA Times, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, NPR, and TIME.

The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

Sarah’s previous work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, and O, The Oprah Magazine among others. A native New Orleanian, she received her Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. She was awarded a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant in 2016 and was a finalist for the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction in 2011. She has also been awarded fellowships at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The MacDowell Colony. She lives in New York state.

R. Sentwali Bakari

R. Sentwali Bakari

R. Sentwali Bakari is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Adelphi University. The Division of Student Affairs is home to several distinct areas dedicated to student life: student involvement, health services, interfaith community, residential life and housing, student access, student counseling and student conduct.

Dr. Bakari, among his many other responsibilities, serves as an ambassador and advocate for Adelphi students. He earned his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado and is also an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Before coming to Adelphi, Bakari was vice chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

This event is sponsored by the Pleasures of Reading and Literature Endowment and the College of Arts and Sciences.

This event is open to the public but registration is required.

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