Visiting fellow Mukoma Wa Ngugi to present a lecture

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by Brooke Adam Thu, 09/05/2019 - 15:42

IES visiting fellow Mukoma Wa Ngugi will present a talk titled "Blackness, Africans, and African Americans: Complex Solidarities and Beauty" on September 11th at 7pm in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. A book signing will follow with several of his works available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Ngugi will explore how historical forces including slavery, colonialism, pan-Africanism and globalization have colored how Africans and African Americans see each other politically and culturally. As the Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Ngugi is also teaching a week long seminar about the global south and will touch on this lecture topic among others.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. A new novel, We Sing the Tizita to Unbury Our Dead is forthcoming. Some of his works have been translated into German, Turkish and French. He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project - Cornell.

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