Opening Conversation: Caravans of Gold

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 2 – 3 pm

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

Pick Staiger Concert Hall, 2 PM

“Africa is forcing those who will listen to reconsider the continent.” - Gus Casely-Hayford 

Renowned speakers include Chris Abani, Nigerian-born novelist, poet, and essayist and winner of 2009 Guggenheim Award; Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C, and host of the BBC’s Lost Kingdoms of Africa. They will be joined by Caravans of Gold curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock, the Block’s Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and former curator of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Taking up themes from the exhibition, this panel will consider the relationships between history, power, and imagination, and ask what trans-Saharan exchange from the distant past can tell us about movement and migration today. Jonathan Holloway, Provost of Northwestern University and Professor of History and African American Studies, and Annelise Riles, Executive Director of the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies and Associate Provost for Global Affairs will provide welcoming remarks.