MoAd to honor Alice Walker
during Women’s History Month

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Alice Walker
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From the Museum of the African Diaspora

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will honor Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker on Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Joining Ms. Walker, in conversation, will be author and Columbia professor Saidiya Hartman. This important and free-ranging conversation will bring two generations of talented female authors together to discuss their work, their inspiration, and their vision.

Alice Walker, one of the most prolific and important writers of our time, is known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple (now a major Broadway play), her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful non-fiction collections. In the fall of 2006 she published a book of spiritual reflections with a progressive political edge entitled: We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness. Walker has also recently published several children’s books including There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me (2006) and Why War Is Never A Good Idea (Harper Collins September 2007). In December of 2006, Walker was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Saidiya Hartman, a thought-provoking writer and scholar whose essays have been widely published, specializes in feminism, critical race theory and African American literature and culture. She is a professor at Columbia University in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and its Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr.Hartman is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and the highly acclaimed, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).

Ms. Walker and Ms. Hartman will sign their books following the talk.

The Museum of the African Diaspora is located at 685 Mission Street at Third Street in San Francisco, California in the St. Regis Hotel.

Museum Hours are 11a.m. – 6p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (closed Monday & Tuesday) and Noon – 5p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call (415) 358-7200.

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome '80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians. Elaine's work has also appeared in 7x7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and

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