Children's Author to Speak at Yale

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale will host a talk by award-winning children’s book author Tololwa M. Mollel on March 27 at 5 p.m. in Room 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street.

Sponsored by the Diversity Seminar Series, in collaboration with the Communities of Color Initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the talk is titled “Reaching Across Cultures: Creative Use of Universal Values in Folktales.”

“Tolo Mollel is an amazing individual, both as a writer, performer and scholar,” says Liza Cariaga-Lo, assistant dean and director of the Graduate School’s Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity. “I’m hoping that events like this will engage the New Haven and Yale communities in on-going conversations about diversity and cultural connections.”

Mollel will discuss his recent adaptation of a Nigerian myth about the sun and the sea for a Canadian children’s dance company. He plans to “demonstrate how use of cross-cultural universal values in the story, and the folktale form in general, made possible my successful collaboration with the company’s 50 child dancers, four choreographers and composer. I’ll also share a version of ‘The Visit of the Sea Queen’ that I am planning for publication as a children’s picture book.”

Describing Mollel’s “The Orphan Boy,” The New York Times wrote that the author “makes convincing contact with that deep vein of folklore where…the child is the central figure.”

The London Times described “A Promise to the Sun” as a “rare book that, once read, leaves the mind uplifted by its prose and stimulated by its images.”

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