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CANCELLED Taikon – The Untold Story of a Roma Freedom Fighter

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Join us for a special talk by Lawen Mohtadi, the 2020 Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, on the Swedish civil rights activist and author, Katarina Taikon.

Lawen Mohtadi is a Swedish writer, editor and documentary filmmaker. She has worked for numerous Swedish media outlets including Swedish Radio, Dagens Nyheter and Expressen, and has been an editor of several cultural journals, including the feminist magazine Bang. The Day I am Free, Mohtadi’s first book, was critically acclaimed when it was released in 2012, winning four awards. She is currently a senior editor at the publishing house Natur & Kultur in Stockholm.

Katarina Taikon (1932-1995) was a Swedish civil rights activist and author. She debuted in 1963 with the groundbreaking book Gypsy Woman, which also became the starting point for the struggle against institutional racism against the Roma minority in Sweden. Her most famous work is Katitzi, a 13-volume autobiographical children’s book series that is widely read by generations of children and is today a part of the Swedish literary canon.

This talk is co-presented by Gustavus Adolphus College.

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