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Freeman’s Power w/ Tahmima Anam, Nimmi Gowrinathan and Elif Shafak

16 January @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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From the voices of protesters to the encroachment of a new fascism, everywhere we look power is revealed. Spouse to spouse, soldier to citizen, looker to gazed upon, power is never static: it is either demonstrated or deployed. Its hoarding is itself a demonstration. Freeman’s Power is an anthology of writings on the nature of power in the unstable contemporary.

To celebrate the launch of the annual we have invited JOHN FREEMAN, former editor of Granta and author of How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of Two Americas and Maps and editor of the anthology Freeman’s Power to discuss the dynamics of contemporary power. Joining him is Tahmima Anam, Nimmi Gowrinathan and Elif Shafak.

Join us for a captivating evening which will cover our strange and tumultuous era and explore the function and dynamics of power in an era of change and struggle.

JOHN FREEMAN was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a NovelistTales of Two CitiesTales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems.

TAHMIMA ANAM  is an anthropologist and a novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was a judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize.

NIMMI GOWRINATHAN is the Founder and Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative, a global study examining the impact of rape on women’s political identities in extremist movements, and a Visiting Research Professor, teaching courses on Gender and Violence at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York.

British Turkish novelist ELIF SHAFAK is an award-winning author, the most widely-read female writer in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 16 books, 10 of which are novels. Her work has been published in 49 languages and has been reviewed by major publications around the world. A political scientist and an academic, Shafak taught at various universities in the US and the UK, including Oxford University St. Anne’s College. As an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she is also a public speaker and a twice TED Global speaker. Shafak writes for numerous publications and was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.


16 January
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm