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Let's talk about this complex relationship between humor and power in popular culture. First, we will examine how Fatou Diome uses strategies from movements such as the enlightenment to ridicule powerful figures and empower marginalized individuals traditionally satirized in popular culture in The Belly of the Atlantic.

Nadia Bongo holds a PhD in French Language and Literature from Aix Marseille Universit√©. She taught French Language, Literature and Research in the French Academy for six years. After publishing literary articles, she decided to focus on her creative work and attended a Cave Canem Workshop. Her poetry is forthcoming in Newtown literary journal and she is a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship finalist (Fall 2020). Nadia is currently working on a poetry collection.

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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