Sept. 16, 2008
Dr. Olabisi Gwamna, associate professor of English at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, will discuss her book “Dancing with Shadows and Other Stories” on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
“Dancing with Shadows,” published in 2007 by Hamilton Books, is a collection of stories, most of them dealing with childhood experiences in Nigeria. They were written to educate the generation of young Africans born to Africans in the United States, since many of them are unfamiliar with the backgrounds and experiences from which their parents come.
Gwamna teaches courses in English Composition and Third World Literature at Iowa Wesleyan. She previously served on the faculties at Wilberforce University in Ohio and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also been a broadcast journalist at Radio Nigeria and an English teacher at Sardauna Memorial College, both in Kaduna.
Gwamna graduated from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1979. She holds a master’s degree in English from Ibadan and a doctorate in English from Ohio University.