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Between the Lines

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - Meeting 2 of 3

Thursday, August 20, 2020 |
5:30PM - 6:30PM

This is a virtual event.
Between the Lines Book Club


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.

The Penn Museum invites you to unlock the human experience through literature. Join us for a unique twist on the classic book club model featuring carefully curated books with cultural connections, moderated by Penn Museum curators and special guests. A new book will be featured each month, from June through December.

Each month, Between the Lines participants will meet three times through interactive video conferencing: a kickoff, a check-in, and a concluding meeting at the end of the book. Readers are encouraged to continue the conversation and chat beyond these virtual meetings in the private Between the Lines Facebook Group. The moderator will share additional connections to the collection, supplemental readings and videos, and guiding questions through the virtual meetings and Facebook group.

August's Featured Book

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


by Yaa Gyasi

Ghana, 18th century: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

About the Moderator

Vanicléia Silva Santos

Vanicléia Silva Santos, who received her Ph.D. in Social History from the University of São Paulo in 2008, currently serves as the Associate Curator of the Africa Section. She is on leave from her position as Associate Professor in the History Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Santos’ research focuses on African history, the history of African diasporas, material culture, and Atlantic history. She has been a visiting professor at universities in South America and the United States, and her publications include more than30 scholarly articles and eight edited volumes. She began studying African Art as researcher at the Afro-Brasil Museum in São Paulo; her interest in African material culture crystallized in her dissertation research and matured with her research on African ivories. She is currently working on a number of book projects on African history and art.

$5 General Admission

Includes 3 meetings.

The Penn Museum is committed to making this group accessible. Limited scholarships, which include a digital copy of the book and waived registration fees, are available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line “Between the Lines Scholarship” to express your interest.

Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.