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Ticket To…Rwanda

Ticket To...Explore the World with the Alignist Book Club

Originally Aired: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Get a taste of a faraway place right here in our intimate studio space. Using a novel as a launching pad, Ticket To explores a nation through its history, cuisine and culture.

This month, we travel to Rwanda through the eyes of Scholastique Mukasonga’s Our Lady of the Nile with host Beenish Ahmed, founder of The Alignist book club and subscription service. Twenty five years after one of the most devastating genocides in history, the novel sends us to an all girls boarding school in Rwanda and initiates a conversation about the racial tensions and post-colonial political landscape that turned neighbor against neighbor, schoolchild against schoolchild.

Comedian Sonia Denis (High Maintenance) will share a story of growing up with a Rwandan immigrant mother. Plus, Beenish will lead a conversation with Simone Monasebian (The UN’s NY Office on Drugs and Crime) and Elisabeth King (Associate Professor, Politics and Education at NYU) and human rights activist Jacqueline Murekatete.

Additionally, actress Nisarah Lewis will be performing a short scene from the play Miracle in Rwanda. The play’s producer Allen DeWane will join her in a post-performance discussion.

Samples of Rwandan coffee and treats will also be served.

Reading the assigned novel in advance of the event is highly recommended, but not at all required to enjoy the show.

A box is available from The Alignist with novel, related information, Rwandan fair trade items and recipes here. Use offer code GREENE15 for 15% off until the event.

Learn more about The Alignist and how to subscribe here.

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