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Original Sin: America and the Legacy of Slavery

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When:November 5, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Cole Haan Stage)
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

The authors of two recent novels which directly confront the institution and legacy of the slave trade discuss their work. Yaa Gyasi’s debut Homegoing follows the generations of a family separated when one half-sister is sold into slavery, and one is married to a British slaver in Ghana. Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad reimagines the freedom trail as a literal subterranean train, as Cora escapes from a Georgia plantation and embarks on a journey toward freedom in the antebellum American South. Moderated by Rukaiyah Adams.

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