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Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Award-Winning Author Uzodinma Iweala

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 24, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — Award-winning author and noted physician Uzodinma Iweala will be at Ramapo College on Monday, February 29 as part of the Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series. Iweala will discuss his works, including his 2005 novel, Beasts of No Nation, the harrowing story of a child soldier in a war-torn African country who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters.

The event is in the Trustees Pavilion at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Beasts of No Nation, which was made into a feature film and premiered on Netflix in 2015, won numerous awards including the John Llwellyn Rhys Prize for Best First Novel, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize, among others, and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

Iweala was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Harvard University. He later graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

The Readings at Ramapo Visiting Writers Series is funded by the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies and the Office of the Provost at Ramapo College.

For information on this event, email Professor Hugh Sheehy at


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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