April 26, 2017

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – April 26, 2017- St. Joseph’s College, in partnership with Greenlight Bookstore, is pleased to announce that it will welcome Gabourey Sidibe to discuss her memoir, This is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare, in conversation with writer and actress Lena Dunham on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at SJC Brooklyn. This event is part of the spring 2017 Brooklyn Voices lecture series.

“This event is special; both the author and the interlocutor represent two of the most authentic and unique voices in entertainment today,” said Barbara Garii, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at SJC Brooklyn. “It will be fascinating to see how Sibide charted her course to stardom and to have it drawn out by one of this generation's most iconic writers.”

Gabourey Sidibe skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious, based upon Sapphire’s novel Push. In her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. Sidibe explores her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life, and her unconventional rise to fame as a movie star, with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, race and weight.

Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also served as executive producer, writer and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for her work on Girls. An accomplished author, Dunham’s book of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, was published by Random House in 2014 and was a number one New York Times best seller.

Tickets for this event are $28 and include a copy of the book. Sidibe will sign books following the event. To purchase tickets, visit here. For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or [email protected]

Created in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, the aim of the Brooklyn Voices series is to promote and enhance the creative vitality of our home neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill by providing local writers, artists, and intellectuals with a forum in which to discuss and present their works to our neighbors, patrons, and students. Through lectures, forums, performances, and public discussion, Brooklyn Voices seeks to make a meaningful contribution to the thriving intellectual culture of the neighborhood and ensure that our community remains a stimulating place in which to live, learn, and do business.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.