Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Yaa Gyasi, author of the critically acclaimed novel Homegoing, to campus on Thursday, February 15 as this year's Anne Rothrock guest lecturer.
Homegoing is Gyasi's debut novel, and tells the story of race, history, and love through the history of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa, and the lives of their descendants across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Ms. Gyasi spoke to the Upper School community about the research she completed in Ghana while writing her novel, which PDS seniors are currently reading.
English Department Chair Dr. Karen Latham noted, "Ms. Gyasi's visit coincides with the launching of the newly designed Senior Reading Intensive, a second semester English course for seniors." Following her lecture, Gyasi met with seniors for a Q&A session and lunch.
The annual Anne Rothrock Lecture series celebrates Ms. Rothrock, who for three decades was a beloved teacher, history chair, mentor and friend to the Princeton Day School community. The lecture series was established by her family and friends to honor Anne and her commitment to the teaching of history, economics, politics and public policy.