April 30: O'Donnell Lecture – War, Memory and Forgiveness
Author Sorayya Khan reads from her novel Noor (2003). Khan is the author of two novels and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. She was awarded a Malahat Review Novella prize for a piece that was the starting point for her novel-in-progress. Recently, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors. Over the years, she has been published in various literary quarterlies, including The Kenyon Review and North American Review, and several anthologies. She is the daughter of a Pakistani father and Dutch mother and was born in Europe, then moved to Pakistan as a child. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
The O’Donnell Visiting Lecture series honors Ashton J. & Virginia Graham O’Donnell, whose visionary generosity established a Visiting Chair in Global Studies. Each year visiting educator with expertise in international affairs come to campus to share the knowledge and perspectives and engage students in discussions about global affairs.