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Faculty Bookwatch | The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles by Charles Piot

The Fixer book cover
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ranjana Khanna (moderator), Ian Baucom, Tsitsi Jaji, Hans Lucht, Achille Mbembe, Aïssatou Mbodj, Henrik Vigh and Charles Piot
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Faculty Bookwatch

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Please join the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries for a Faculty Bookwatch panel on The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles (Duke University Press, 2019). In this book, Duke anthropologist Charles Piot follows Kodjo Nicolas Batema, a visa broker-known as a "fixer"-in the West African nation of Togo as he helps his clients apply for the US Diversity Visa Lottery program. Through detailed and compelling stories, The Fixer illustrates the desire and savviness of migrants as they work to find what they hope will be a better life.

Charles Piot is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies at Duke.

Moderator: Ranjana Khanna, Duke University
Ian Baucom, University of Virginia
Tsitsi Jaji, Duke University
Hans Lucht, Danish Institute for International Studies
Achille Mbembe, Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research
Aïssatou Mbodj, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut des mondes africains
Henrik Vigh, University of Copenhagen

Lunch & book sale to follow.

Faculty Bookwatch celebrates and promotes interdisciplinary conversations on major recent books by Duke humanities or interpretative social sciences faculty. Each Bookwatch program brings together a panel of distinguished colleagues giving brief comments on the significance and impact of the featured book.