Laila Lalami Talk

From left to right: Laila Lalami, photo by Jesse Dittmar; Conditional Citizens, courtesy of the publisher; Kiese Laymon, courtesy of the author

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Laila Lalami in Conversation with Kiese Laymon

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America | Virtual Talk

Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 pm (PT)

About the Program

Hear from Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Other Americans, as she discusses her first work of nonfiction, Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America. Using her own journey from Moroccan immigrant to United States citizen as a starting point, Lalami explores how marginalized groups—including immigrants, women, and people of color—are often blocked from many of the rights, liberties, and protections associated with American citizenship. Moderated by writer Kiese Laymon (Heavy: An American Memoir), this evening offers illuminating and deeply personal insights about the experiences of those whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other.

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“Probing, unflinching and fiercely intelligent, Conditional Citizens is a must-read for all of those who have stared, stunned, at the shifting terrain of our political landscape and wondered how we got here, and what we can do.”
—Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King