Topics: College of Sciences and Humanities, Speakers, Alumni

September 1, 2021

Ashley C Ford
Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff

Ball State University today announced the public events schedule for Ashley C. Ford, the University’s Fall 2021 Writer-In-Residence.

Ms. Ford, a 2018 Ball State graduate, is the author of Somebody’s Daughter—a powerful New York Times bestselling memoir that explores her life coming of age in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with a single mother and an incarcerated father. The book was published in June by Flatiron Books under the imprint, An Oprah Book.

Ball State is welcoming Ms. Ford back to campus this Fall to share her work and to interact with students and faculty, as well as engage with the campus and local communities. Her public events will include:

  • Sept. 15: Ms. Ford will read excerpts from her book, Somebody’s Daughter (Ball State’s Pruis Hall, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Oct. 7: A Conversation between Ms. Ford and Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns. (Ball State’s Sursa Hall, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Nov. 11: Somebody’s Daughter Book Club—Ball State professor Jill Christman will join Ms. Ford to moderate a lively discussion about Somebody’s Daughter (Ball State’s Student Center Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.)

All events are free and open to the public. Experience them in-person, or watch as they happen at Ms. Ford will be available to sign books following each event. After 7 p.m., free parking is available in most campus lots and garages.

Through the writer-in-residence program, Ms. Ford will also share her work and interact with students and faculty through several non-public events—including scheduled visits to Ball State classes, a meet-and-greet at the University’s Multicultural Center, and a few gatherings where Ms. Ford will spend time with small groups of students, faculty, and representatives from community and campus organizations.

Ball State’s writer-in-residence program is sponsored by the Office of the President, the English department, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Office of Community Engagement, the Multicultural Center, Women's and Gender Studies and African-American Studies program, and the Shafer Leadership Academy.