Reinvent and Rediscover: A View From Elsewhere

Panel Discussion
10 May 2019
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Deutsches Haus
New York University
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

Personal reinvention is a constant and mysterious journey. A trip overseas, a disruption in the culture of our home country, or the impact of a powerful book can shift our views. How do new discoveries and unfamiliar settings cause us to (re)examine and (re)interpret our inner narratives? Join acclaimed author Elif Shafak, novelist and culture writer Brian Keith Jackson, investigative journalist Takis Würger, and feminist graphic novel creator Pénélope Bagieu in a discussion about what factors propel personal reinvention, and how a view from elsewhere can disrupt, recreate, or relocate the stories of ourselves. Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff.

Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival and New York University’s International Houses—including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the NYU Creative Writing Program, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture, and La Maison Française of NYU—have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: “The Literary Mews.” This annual event presents free literary events in and around the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews. A must attend for any lover of literature.

Pénélope Bagieu
Brian Keith Jackson
Takis Würger
Rebecca Falkoff
Elif Shafak