Wole Soyinka - October 4th, 2016
"Negritude" film screening and discussion
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 | 6:30 PM
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
Directed by Manthia Diawara
(52 mins., France/USA/Germany/Portugal, 2015)
This imagined dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Negritude, and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, probes the relevance of the concept of Negritude, against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s, but also to an understanding of the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic immigration policies in the West. After the film join Wole Soyinka, director Manthia Diawara and NYU history Professor Frederick Cooper for a brief discussion and Q&A.
Nobel Laureate for Literature 1986, Wole Soyinka has published more than thirty works, and remains active on various international artistic and Human Rights organizations. Born and educated in Nigeria, Wole Soyinka continued his studies at the University of Leeds, England, then joined the Royal Court Theatre, London as a play-reader. In 1960, he returned to Nigeria, where he founded two theatre companies – The 1960 Masks, and the Orisun Theatre. Soyinka writes in various genres – from the light comedy of cultures in The Lion and the Jewel, the JERO Plays etc., through King Baabu, a savagely satiric adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, to the dense poetic tragedy of Death and the King’s Horseman.
Soyinka has also written novels and autobiographical works. AKE: The Years of Childhood has been described as a “classic of childhood biography anywhere”, while his latest, You Must Set Forth at Dawn was acclaimed one of the best non-fiction works of 2006. Literary and thematic essay collections include his 2004 BBC Reith Lectures, Climate of Fear, and OF AFRICA (2013) while his last collection of poems appeared as SAMARKAND and Other Markets I Have Known. Wole Soyinka lectures extensively and has held several university positions. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Comparative Literature, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada, and a Hutchins Fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge.
NYU-IAAA Wole Soyinka Scholar-in-Residence programs are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Please RSVP at (212) 998-IAAA (4222)