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Teju Cole to speak Oct. 18; advance salon discussion on Oct. 10


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Art historian, critic, photographer and writer Teju Cole will present some of his thoughts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Bell Hall Auditorium.

Published Monday Oct 8, 2018

Art historian, critic, photographer and writer Teju Cole will present some of his thoughts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Bell Hall Auditorium.

Cole’s work is the recipient of numerous awards. He is the author of the widely acclaimed novella, “Every Day is for the Thief,” the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning novel “Open City,” and was praised for his creativity with an essay collection and photography-prose combination.

He also writes the weekly “On Photography” column for the New York Times, which was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award.

A world traveler, Cole has taken pictures around the world and he serves as an art critic on several boards. In 2017, he created a multimedia solo performance piece called “Black Paper,” which was noted as “quietly grave” by the New York Times.

He received a U.S. Artists Award for literature in 2015.

Center Stage is a series of events, guest artists, lectures and performances that aim to promote better understanding of the fine arts and diverse cultural perspectives. It is funded by Tennessee Tech’s general education fund.

The event is free and open to the public.

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