Third-Annual ZEE JLF at Boulder Wraps Up with Evocative Conversation and Intriguing Debate

JLF at Boulder Co-Director William Dalrymple Addresses the Crowd-Photo by Lauren Click

One of the things we can do is encourage the young to write. Writers are better readers.

The third-annual ZEE JLF at Boulder which took place September 15-17 at the Main Boulder Public Library, featured more than 40 sessions running to packed audiences. Nearly 70 authors joined in conversation with the community as they presented new takes on current events covering topics ranging from migration and cultural appropriation, 100 years of the Russian Revolution, feminism across cultures, journalism and reportage, nature and the environment, U.S. gun culture, Native American rights, yoga and meditation, constitutions, LGBT, Latino, African American and Native American voices.

Saturday afternoon sessions included:

Second Thoughts: A Writer and Diplomat: Navtej Sarna in conversation with John Elliott. Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the United States of America, is the author of several acclaimed books on subjects as varied as romance, religion and history. In conversation with John Elliott on his life, travels and writing.

“Sikh history is a young religion, just  500 years old. But it is replete with dramatic events in this period: a lot of the martial aspect, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of battles. All that together is a huge area waiting to be written about,” said Sarna.

“I think all writers are romantics because you’re wishing for a better world, having a nostalgia for a lost world. I think these are aspects of being a romantic.”

Migrations: Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Devesh Kapur, and Kayhan Irani in conversation with Marcia Douglas.

Human beings are a nomadic species, and migrations remain a constant part of human history. Economic migrants, political refugees, immigrants and emigrants chart new languages and societies, navigating exile and discovery, alienation and acceptance. Panelists from across continents and cultures speak of their individual experiences and perceptions.

“What it means for the migrant person to Shape-shift?” said Marcia Douglas.

“You are getting an entire nation to reject who you are based on how you entered,” said Kayhan Irani. “You’re going to shift a little bit. It may be for…

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