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Conversation: “A Conversation with Megha Majumdar: On Storytelling and the Ethics of Interconnectedness” (virtual)
November 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics on November 15, 2021 at 6:00pm for a conversation on storytelling and the ethics of interconnectedness with Megha Majumdar. Majumdar’s debut novel A Burning is a NYT bestseller and appeared on multiple lists for major book awards, including the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. Raised in India, now living in New York, Majumdar offers a poignant perspective on issues of belonging and identity. A Burning deftly examines the relationships between marginalized communities and society as it explores issues related to poverty and displacement, transgender rights and sexism, the allure of ethnic nationalism, and the influence of news and social media in shaping our lives. Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan’s fall. Lovely—an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor—has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.
Majumdar is visiting as part of the FOCUS Program’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship cluster. Students in the four seminars that comprise the cluster read A Burning this term as a common text. Drawing upon insights from ethics, philosophy, history, sociology and public policy, students explore together what it means to be a global citizen and ethical leader in the twenty-first century, and what rights and obligations come with global citizenship.
Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Focus Program at Duke.