- October 17, 2017
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In her debut book, A Moonless, Starless Sky, acclaimed journalist Alexis Okeowo weaves together multiple narratives to form a powerful tapestry of modern Africa. The stories she shares illuminate the inner lives of ordinary people doing the extraordinary.
From a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery, to a women's basketball team flourishing amid war-torn Somalia. Stories like these are too often hidden, underreported, or ignored by the rest of the world.
Alexis is joined by Mimi Lok in a conversation about her life, her work uncovering and sharing the important details of these crucial stories, and more.
Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Alexis grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn.
Mimi Lok is an editor and writer whose work builds on over fifteen years of experience in education and the literary arts in the UK, China, and the US. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, an Intersection Changemaker Award, and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction. She is the Executive Director and Executive Editor of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit she cofounded with author Dave Eggers that advances human rights by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. For ten years, Voice of Witness has illuminated human rights issues in the US and globally through their acclaimed oral history book series, highlighting the experiences of wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, and of people in Burma, Zimbabwe, and Colombia, among others. Through their education program, Voice of Witness connects over 20,000 people annually with these stories and issues, and teaches ethics-driven storytelling to educators, advocates, journalists, attorneys, and scientists around the world. Voice of Witness partners with human rights advocates to build agency within marginalized communities, raise awareness and foster thoughtful, empathy-based critical inquiry and understanding of the crises they face, and inform long-term efforts to protect and advance human rights.