The Warscapes Public Lecture Series and New School`s Humanities Action Lab present
“African Literature...Says Who? The Last Fifty Years”
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong`o in conversation with Charles Cantalupo
Friday, 24 April at 6pm
New School University Center
65 Fifth Ave, New York, New York 10003
Free admission; tickets available here
Kenyan born and internationally acclaimed, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong`o is the author of more major works of fiction, nonfiction, and drama than any African writer. His groundbreaking first novel Weep Not, Child recently celebrated fifty years, and he has since published over thirty works in English and his native language, Gikuyu. Undaunted for half a century, he has incisively and eloquently challenged an African status quo of political misrule and has been imprisoned for criticizing an authoritarian Kenyan regime. A peer of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, Ngũgĩ was among the first to provocatively ask what constitutes an African literature, a question that haunts literary landscapes today. Harkening back to the epic dawn of African independence, the voice of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been a constant African presence.
The Warscapes Public Lecture Series and New School`s Humanities Action Lab is honored to welcome Ngũgĩ wa Thiong`o for an intimate conversation with poet, translator, and scholar Charles Cantalupo.
More information on the event is available here.