Dear Friends of UCI Center for Armenian Studies,

We are excited to bring to you an evening of book reading and signing as well as conversation featuring author Nadia Owusu and facilitated by Dr. Talar Chahinian and Dr. Gilda Nicheng Forbang-Looh. This program was made possible by unprecedented collaboration and co-sponsorship of several partners on campus: the Center for Armenian Studies (Vahe and Armine Meghrouni Lecture Series), Illuminations (The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative), Humanities Center, Humanities Equity Advisor and Humanities Climate Council, and the Departments of African American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, and History. We hope you will join us in person or via zoom.

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 PM PST


A book reading and conversation with Nadia Owusu
Followed by a book-signing

In-Person: UC Humanities Gateway (HG) 1030

Zoom: (


Book cover of "Aftershocks: A Memoir" by Nadia Owusu


NADIA OWUSU is a Whiting Award-winning writer and urbanist. Her debut memoir, Aftershocks, was named a best book of 2021 by Time, Vogue, Esquire, NPR, and over a dozen others. It was a New York Times editor's choice pick and one of Barack Obama's favorite books of the year. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times Magazine, Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, Bon Appétit, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first novel. 

Dr. Talar Chahinian is a Lecturer in the Armenian Studies Program & Visiting Faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature.

Dr. Gilda Nicheng Forbang-Looh is a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature.

This event is presented by UCI Center for Armenian Studies.

Parking Information at UC Irvine:

Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 7 at the intersection of Mesa Road and West Peltason Drive. A parking attendant will be present to assist you.

If you would like to see Lot 7 on an interactive map, click here:!m/367497

Please direct any questions to Marc Kanda at mhkanda@uci.ed