Barnard College Scholar Co-Authors the Libretto for a New Opera

christianseYvette Christianse, a professor of English and Africana studies at Barnard College in New York City, is the co-author of the libretto for the opera Cities of Salt that debuted recently at the Royal Opera House in London.

Cities of Salt is based on the 1984 novel of the same name by the Jordanian novelist Abdelrahman Munif. The story is set in the 1930s and involves a small Bedouin community near an oasis on the Arabian peninsula. When oil is discovered nearby the area is taken over by oil interests.

Yvette Christianse is a native of South Africa. She is the author of two books of poetry including Castaway (Duke University Press, 1999). She has also authored the novel Unconfessed (Other Press, 2006) and the book Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics (Fordham University Press, 2012).

Dr. Christianse holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Sydney in Australia. She joined the faculty at Barnard College in 2010.

Dr. Christianse’s co-author is Rosalind Morris, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Census Bureau Finds White Households Were Ten Times Wealthier Than Black Households in 2021

In 2021, White households represented 65.3 percent of all American homes, but owned 80 percent of all wealth. In comparison, Black households represented 13.6 percent of all households, but held only 4.7 percent of all wealth.

Bonita Brown Named Fourteenth Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University

Earlier in her career, Dr. Brown served as an assistant attorney with Winston-Salem State University. On July 1, she will return to the historically Black university as its fourteenth chancellor.

Study Debunks Popular Theory that Incarceration Leads to Safer Communities for Black Americans

A new study from Boston University has challenged the assumption that incarceration leads to safer communities, finding higher rates of incarceration in Black communities results in higher gun violence in those same communities. This pattern was not found among White or Hispanic neighborhoods.

Jonathan Jefferson Appointed President of Roxbury Community College in Boston

Dr. Jefferson comes to his new role with more than three decades of professional experience. He has been serving  as chief academic officer and provost at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Featured Jobs