The son of Toni Morrison MA ’55, will visit the campus on November 9 for a film screening and discussion on “The Foreigner’s Home”, a documentary based on the 2006 cultural events series curated by Morrison and curated by guests at the Louvre.
Ford Morrison, the novelist’s son and co-producer of the film, will join a discussion after the screening with Dominique Bourgois, editor of Toni Morrison’s French editions. The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Africana Study and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Road.
This event is part of the continued recognition by Cornell University and the College of Arts and Sciences of Toni Morrison’s international significance as a writer and public scholar. The College hosted a series of events in honor of Morrison as part of his Arts Unplugged Series. The university also named one of its new residences, which opened this fall, for Toni Morrison.
For the Louvre’s series of cultural events, Toni Morrison chose Theodore Gericault’s iconic painting “The Raft of Medusa” as the central work of art, and organized exhibitions, readings and performances by artists, writers, local Parisian slammers, musicians and dancers.
“The documentary film Foreigner’s Home is a deeply moving film that eloquently poses the fundamental questions of our time,” said Marie-Claire Vallois, associate professor of French literature and one of Bourgois’ hosts for his campus visit this semester. “The boat as a motif resonates with the painting ‘Medusa’, as well as with the migration crisis that has led millions of people to cross seas, oceans and lands in search of a new home.”
The film includes footage of Morrison in dialogue with artists, as well as numerous archival footage, music, and animation, featuring exchanges on race, identity, “strangeness” and redemptive power. art, according to the description of the film.
Bourgois is a former editor-in-chief of the French publishing house Christian Bourgois Éditeur. Ford Morrison studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the Architectural Association in London and is an architect for the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University.
“Ford Morrison will bring his take on the film project itself,” said Anne Adams, emeritus professor of African studies and one of the organizers of the Morrison events, “taking the film beyond the walls and spaces of the Louvre to broader interpretations of Toni Morrison’s keywords on the role of art in the journey “from data to information to knowledge to wisdom.” “
The event is sponsored by the Departments of African Studies, Romance Studies, American Studies and French Studies and the Design Justice Workshop of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. It’s open to the public. Campus visitors and members of the public should adhere to the public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.