Elaine Mokhtefi is an American who worked with the Algerian FLN prior to independence in 1962. As journalist and translator, she lived in Algeria immediately thereafter for twelve years. She recently published a memoir of her experiences, Algiers: Third World Capital, which is evocative of the atmosphere of the fifties and sixties and provides sketches of some of the most illustrious players of the era: Frantz Fanon, Stokely Carmichael, Jomo Kenyatta, Ahmed Ben Bella, Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver. She was a member of the organizing committee for the Pan-African Cultural festival of 1969 and instrumental in the establishment of the Black Panther Party in Algiers. She married Algerian freedom fighter Mokhtar Mokhtefi, author of J’etais français-musulman, a story of his childhood and life in the Algerian Liberation Army. She lives in New York.
Light lunch will be served.