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Stranger in the Village: Hamda Yusuf on the Language and Politics of Travel  

Submitted by Michael Neininger on December 3, 2018 - 11:28am
UW Alumna Hamda Yusuf
UW Alumna Hamda Yusuf

The Department of Germanics, the Simpson Center, African Studies and the Center for Global Studies sponsored a talk and performance by 2016 alumna Hamda Yusuf. Taking the title from one of James Baldwin’s essays in his collection “Notes of a Native Son”, Hamda Yusuf spoke before a full audience about her experiences traveling in Europe as a black Muslim woman, and the feeling of being a ‘stranger in the village’. In her talk, she touched on the power of inter-cultural connections and the importance of diversity in language learning and travel. Yusuf is also a spoken word poet who often writes about identity in her poetry. To conclude the evening, she gave a powerful performance of one of her poems.