Keynote Speaker



Keynote Speaker

Known Things and Blind Spots: An Evening with Teju Cole

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm
Rush Auditorium, Building J Room 103

Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. He was born in the US to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria. He currently lives in Brooklyn. Cole is the author of four books: a novella, Every Day is for the Thief (2007); a novel, Open City (2012); a collection of more than 40 essays, Known and Strange Things (2016); a volume of photographs, Punto d'Ombra (2016); and an innovative synthesis of words and images, Blind Spot (2017). Cole’s most recent work Blind Spot has been described by Vice as “Dazzling . . . cerebral yet intimate . . . combines personal essay, history, biography, journalism, and photography into a seamless package, capturing human dignity and grace through careful, clear-eyed reverence.” The Guardian praises Blind Spot stating “Common things [are] made radiant by the quality of Cole’s looking. . . . In this new, luminous book, Cole shows himself to be really one of the best at seeing.”