While we may be familiar with the harrowing experiences of individuals brought from Africa to America against their will, many of us are unacquainted with what recent African immigrants to America have encountered. After a brief review of the lives of Africans in America before the 20th century, we’ll explore how contemporary African immigrants have recorded their experiences in fiction and nonfiction. Participants can choose from among several books by writers from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe. Recommended texts: NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names; Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears; Okey Ndibe, Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American; and Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers
Jay Jacoby (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taught literature and writing in the Philadelphia public schools, the University of Pittsburgh, UNC Charlotte and UNC Asheville. He has offered 15 different courses at College for Seniors.