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Samina Ali’s TED Talk
Samina Ali is an award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator. Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. The book, about a young woman’s arranged marriage and political awakening, was partly inspired by Samina’s real-life experience growing up bi-culturally in Hyderabad, India and St. Paul, Minnesota.
What Hosts Are Saying
“Equally gifted as a curator, writer, moderator and speaker, Samina’s sensitivity to the perspectives of other women and her unique ability to connect with her audiences on a deep emotional level, inspires and challenges us to confront stereotypes and perceptions.
A fierce speaker, writer, curator, and activist, Samina is a powerful voice for greater understanding across what are all too often the differences that divide us.”
— Catherine M. King, Executive Producer Global Fund for Women
“Samina’s firm but gentle voice as a human rights advocate is never shrill, and always persuasive. She speaks from a place of compassion and courage. Today whether she is teaching creative writing, curating museum exhibitions, keynoting at conferences, or helping to shape public opinion nationwide as a popular speaker, her audience senses that same integrity. Yet through it all Samina remains just as she has always been from the first: a young woman fiercely committed to inspiring and informing and empowering us all.”
— Dr. Scott Lankford, Author and Professor