November 19, 2019
Get a taste of a faraway place right here in our intimate studio space. Using a novel as a launching pad, Ticket To… explores a nation through its history, cuisine and culture.
This month, we travel to Rwanda through the eyes of Scholastique Mukasonga’s Our Lady of the Nile with host Beenish Ahmed, founder of The Alignist book club and subscription service. Twenty five years after one of the most devastating genocides in history, the novel sends us to an all girls boarding school in Rwanda and initiates a conversation about the racial tensions and post-colonial political landscape that turned neighbor against neighbor, schoolchild against schoolchild.
The evening will include a discussion, a taste of a Rwandan delicacy and a live performance. With comedy by Sonia Denis, and a conversation on the current state of Rwandan politics and the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with Simone Monasebian, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s NY Office, and Elisabeth King, Associate Professor of International Education and Politics at New York University. Plus other guests to be announced.
Reading the assigned novel in advance of the event is highly recommended, but not at all required to enjoy the show.
A box is available from The Alignist with novel, related information, Rwandan fair trade items and recipes here. Use offer code GREENE15 for 15% off until the event.