In Pursuit of Disobedient Women

April 23, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE 3/19/20: This event will be live-streamed online. Details to come.

Dionne Searcey discusses her work as West Africa bureau chief for The New York Times and the extraordinary lives and struggles of women she encountered living at the crossroads of old-fashioned patriarchy and an increasingly globalized and connected world. Searcey will talk about women who resisted conscription as suicide bombers, women who shocked village elders by going to work, and women who are shaking up social norms by getting out of bad marriages. 

Searcey joined The New York Times in 2014. As West Africa bureau chief, she covered social, political, and economic issues, with a focus on Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram. She spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal, where she was an investigative reporter. Prior to that, she worked at Newsday, The Seattle Times, The Chicago Tribune, and the City News Bureau of Chicago.

After the talk, Searcey will sign copies of her 2020 book In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away, which will be available for purchase at the event.

This talk is presented in conjunction with “Grit and Grace, Women at Work,” featuring images of working women around the world by National Geographic documentary photographer Alison Wright, on view at BMAC through June 14.