Wole Soyinka - October 7th, 2016
Conversation with Taiye Selasi
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | 6:30 PM
Wole Soyinka In Conversation with Taiye Selasi
NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall Tishman Auditorium, 1st floor
40 Washington Square South | New York, NY
Wole Soyinka and author/photographer Taiye Selasi discuss identity and creativity at home and abroad. To what extent were the intellectuals of previous generations subjected to the “cult of authenticity” that contemporary diasporic artists now face? Does gender play any role? Where does the African artist fit into the broader African and African diasporic contexts today?
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)