Conversations on Writing Race, History & Memory


A reading, film screening, and discussion

with Sejal Shah and Kym Ragusa







Tuesday, March 23, noon


Smith College

Campus Center Carroll Room (208)


Free and Open to the Public


Pizza and beverages will be provided to the first 40 attending



Kym Ragusa is a writer and filmmaker currently at work on a memoir The Skin Between Us, under contract with W. W. Norton and Co.á She will show her two short films, Passing (1996) and Fuori/outside (1998) and read from her memoir-in-progress.á Each of these projects explores the meanings of race, love, and family as she traces her life on the literal and metaphorical borders between the African American and Italian American communities in New York City.


Sejal Shah is a fiction writer, poet, and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.á She has published or has work forthcoming in various journals including Meridians:á feminism, race, transnationalism, Indiana Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Pleiades, and Catamaran, a new journal of South Asian American Writing.á She will read from her recent creative nonfiction writing including "Kinship, Cousins, & Khichidi," forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review (Winter 2004), and "Betsy, Tacy, Sejal, Tib," forthcoming in Race and Childhood (Seal Press, 2004), and discuss her current work, which considers South Asian diasporic identity, particularly through the tropes of travel, food, and exile.


For more information please contact Prof. Jennifer Guglielmo at 413-585-3712 in the Department of History at Smith College

Sponsored by Smith College Departments of History, American Studies, African American Studies, English, Film Studies, and Women's Studies