Introductory text explaining, "The afternoon session ofthe conference was conceivedas a public conversation in which writers from Africa, the Caribbean,and the United States would explore topics, problems, and experiences they shared as writers, using Sembene's work as a point of departure. Unlike many such round-tables, where the participants know each other and re-enact in public the discussions they have already held in private or in8rint, this forum was unrehearsed. Someofthe writers hadnever meteach other before. On the evening before the conference, the writers gathered at the home ofRhonda Cobham-Sander and Reinhard Sander to discuss the themes they would develop the next day. They were joined by Samba Gadjigo, Thomas Cassirer, and Michael Thelwell."