Gender and Power in Contemporary Somalia

Fartumo Kusow

Thursday, 08 Nov 2018 at 7:00 pm – Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Fartumo Kusow immigrated to Canada when civil war broke out in her native Somalia. She will discuss her most recent novel, Tale of a Boon's Wife, and how her life and experiences as a Somali woman shape her characters and major themes of her work. Kusow draws connections between the main themes of social hierarchy, female relationships, power, and prejudice and present day unconscious biases. Her first novel, Amran, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: Somali National Press in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991 she has earned a B. Arts Honours in English Language and Literature and B. Education from the University of Windsor. She now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Cosponsored By:
  • Margaret Sloss Women's Center
  • Sociology
  • Women's and Gender Studies

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