Africare Hosts African Literary Event at Pace University, 9/27

Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, is proud to host a panel discussion on African literacy on Friday, September 27, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. The panel will include esteemed guests Tope Folarin, 2013 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing for the short story "Miracle;" Carole Boyce Davies, professor of English and Africana Studies, Cornell University; TMS Ruge, transnational, blogger and co-founder of Hive Colab; and Hannah Pool, author of "My Fathers' Daughter" and Guardian contributor. The event will take place at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

The discussion, titled "Africa's Literary Identity: Who Defines It?" will open a conversation about the African identity in literature and who constructs it. Further points of consideration will be the panelists' perspectives regarding the validity of these perceptions and whether they serve or limit them as storytellers.

The event is sponsored by Chevron.

"Africare couldn't be happier to host such prolific voices in the Diaspora," said Katelyn N. Brewer, Africare's Corporations and Foundations Officer. "Our partner Chevron sponsors education and literacy projects across the continent, and their work with Africare on libraries and learning centers in Angola demonstrates their dedication to education for all."

"Africa's Literary Identity" will offer a panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and a reception with the panelists from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. Admission to the event is free and open to the public through reservations at

For more information about Africare's work in Angola, please visit

To obtain media passes to "Africa's Literary Identity: Who Defines It?" please contact Nicole S. Miles at nmiles(at)africare(dot)org or 202-328-5320.

About Africare
Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women's Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit for more information.

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