Multi-talented Teju Cole to speak at WFU

Multi-talented Teju Cole to speak at WFU
October 25
04:00 2018

Writer and photographer Teju Cole, photography critic of the New York Times Magazine, will speak at Wake Forest University Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Porter Byrum Welcome Center as part of the University’s “Voices of Our Time” series.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Teju Cole asks us to observe the world – critically, closely, but generously – while acknowledging the most important thing in our field of vision may be where we least expected to look,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch. “We look forward to welcoming him to campus.”

Teju Cole is an essayist, critic, photographer and the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard. He has contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, Brick and many other magazines. His column at the New York Times Magazine, “On Photography,” was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award. He is the author of four books of essays and fiction, including the acclaimed novel “Open City.”

His most recent book, “Blind Spot” (June 2017), a genre-crossing work of photography and texts, was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook Award and named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine. His photography has been exhibited in India, Iceland, Italy, and the United States. Cole has lectured widely, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design to Twitter’s corporate headquarters.

Thirty-three of Cole’s works will be presented in the Hanes Art Gallery beginning Oct. 29. The exhibition, “Blind Spot,” will be on display through Jan. 20, 2019.

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