Notebook of a Return to My Native Land by Aim Csaire
Event co-presented by the Columbia Maison Franaise and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL, at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, 116th Street and Broadway
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., line forms at 5:30 p.m.
This year marks the centennial of the birth of Aim Csaire, one of the greatest French-speaking writers of the 20th Century. Born in 1913 on a small island in what was then known as the French West Indies, Csaire published Cahier dun retour au pays natal (Notebook of a Return to My Native Land) in 1939, at age 26. It would become a seminal text in the renaissance of black dignity and black pride throughout the world.
Jacques Martial is currently president of the Parc de la Villette, one of the largest public cultural venues in Paris, and is also a well-known theater, cinema, TV actor, and theater director. This performance is a production of Martial's Compagnie de la Comdie Noire in coproduction with l'Artchipel, Scne Nationale de Guadeloupe. Joining him in a dialogue after the performance is Alex Gil, a specialist of twentieth-century Caribbean literature and Digital Humanities at Columbia, and an expert on the works and legacy of Aim Csaire.
Partial support provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and Air France