Join us for a Chai Wai panel discussion event on representation, culture, and identity in popular culture as part of the NEA Big Read community reading program. Inspired by themes from Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" our expert panelists will invite the audience to discuss themes of representations identity, culture, and diaspora in popular mediums such a film, comics, television, music, and more.
Our panelists include: Prof. Maryam Kashani, Dr. Angela Williams, Prof. Stacey Robinson, and Kofi Bazzell-Smith!
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The complete schedule of Big Read events is online at go.illinois.edu/TheNamesake. Share and follow social media posts about events with the hashtag #BigReadCU.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in Champaign-Urbana is a partnership of the Spurlock Museum, International and Area Studies Library at Illinois, The Urbana Free Library, Champaign Public Library, The Art Theater, Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian American Cultural Center, Asian Educational Media Service, Indian Cultural Society of Urbana-Champaign, and Krannert Art Museum. Some events are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.