Columbia Oral History MA Program: Tommy Orange

Event date: 
12/02/2021 - 7:00pm

On Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at 7pm, join a consortium of Columbia University organizations and departments for a conversation with Tommy Orange, author of There There. To participate in this event, please register using the eventbrite link below. 

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About this event

Award-winning Cheyenne-Arapaho novelist Tommy Orange will discuss the role of oral history, documentary, and storytelling in There There as well as his novel-in-progress on Indian Boarding Schools.

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi- generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

Image Description: (Above) Tommy Orange sits in front of a wooden fence, gazing directly into the camera. He wears a black baseball cap and jacket. (Below) The cover of Tommy Orange's book reads "There There" in yellow font on a bright orange background, with a large black feather under each word.

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Co-sponsored by:

Department of Anthropology
Work Inside and Outside the University Initiative
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
The Writing Program at Columbia School of the Arts
Oral History Master of Arts Program

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There There Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019