Writing Blackness and Autism: Anand Prahlad

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Anand Prahlad reads from his new memoir THE SECRET LIFE OF A BLACK ASPIE and talks about issues of blackness and living with autism.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public


Anderson Student Center, Iversen Hearth Room (ASC 340)

Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. His memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, is vividly internal, powerfully lyric, and brilliantly impressionistic.
For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silence didn’t stop him from communicating—or communing—with the strange, numinous world he found around him. Ordinary household objects came to life; the spirits of long-dead slave children were his best friends. In his magical interior world, sensory experiences blurred, time disappeared, and memory was fluid. Ever so slowly, he emerged, learning to talk and evolving into an artist and educator.
His journey takes readers across the United States during one of its most turbulent moments, and Prahlad experiences it all, from the heights of the Civil Rights Movement to West Coast hippie enclaves to a college town that continues to struggle with racism and its border state legacy.
Rooted in black folklore and cultural ambience, and offering new perspectives on autism and more, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie will inspire and delight readers and deepen our understanding of the marginal spaces of human existence.
Copies of Prahlad's book will be available for sale (cashor credit cards accepted) and a book signing will immediately follow the event.
This event is sponsored by American Culture & Difference, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, the Office of Disability Resources, and the Department of English.
This lecture and reading is sponsored by the American Culture and Difference program and the English Department.

Parking (available for $1/hour after 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.

McNeely Parking Ramp--visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.

Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.

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