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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 23, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – As part of an Africana Film Festival Special Event noted American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange will visit Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, March 28.

The author, best known for her Obie Award-winning play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will discuss her literary works with students. The event will include student performances, readings and a question and answer session and will occur at 2:30 p.m. in the H-Wing Auditorium.

Shange also wrote “Betsey Brown,” and is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize.

“Ms. Shange has a good ear for language and a sharp eye for the behavior and customs of black people; there is intelligence at work in Colored Girls, but more important, there is texture, the feel, and raw emotions of the modern black woman who, against great odds, fights for her integrity and her self-respect” wrote Edwin Wilson of the Wall Street Journal.

For more information contact Christina Smith, assistant professor of Communication Arts at (201) 684-7364.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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