Diane Awerbuck Presents a Talk on South Africa for the University of Tampa’s Global Scholar’s Series
Awerbuck presented a talk titled “Angel of the Morning: Race, Sex and Self-Image in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, focusing on “the ongoing violence in South Africa and the transition of privilege that white South Africans once held as minorities in a black majority rule”.
Last year, Awerbuck won the 2014 Short Story Day Africa competition, and was runner up for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing. However, she also works as a teacher and develops language material for high schools. Her most recent novel is Home Remedies.
Read the Minaret Online‘s report from the event:
Awerbuck wants people to visit Africa before forming glossy or detrimental views about the continent.
“We all have preconceptions and stereotyped notions of people in countries not our own: they’re often inaccurate, and that kind of ‘othering’ hurts us because it stops people telling their own stories,” Awerbuck said.