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Life in Twelve Towns this Wednesday, Oct 26, on Peace & Justice, at 9am.

Written by on Monday, October 24, 2022

Our guest this Wednesday will be Sofia Ali-Khan, a writer and a public interest attorney. A second-generation Pakistani American born and raised in the United States, she’s a graduate of New College and has just written her first book A Good Country: My Life in Twelve Towns and the Devastating Battle for a White America.

The book grapples with the challenges of American history and makes them current. Written from experiences across America, as a mom and a Muslim, A Good Country traces Ali-Khan’s pathway as the child of Pakistani immigrants to the USA through upbringing, college, and employment across twelve communities. The book examines the ways history, recognized or hidden in plain sight, shapes communities and haunts the stories of America. 

And she’ll talk about the book again at the New College Seiner Pavilion November 9th at 7pm. The presentation then moves from the national to the local for a community conversation with Vickie Oldham, CEO and President of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, and moderated by Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology at New College and Director of the New College Public Archaeology Lab.