Wole Soyinka - October 3rd, 2016
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Wole Soyinka Main Lecture
“Negritude By Any Other Name”
NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall - Tishman Auditorium, 1st floor
40 Washington Square South, New York, NY
As Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of African American Affairs, New York University, Wole Soyinka will reflect on the themes of the world in Africa and Africa in the world, which would include, but not be limited to, the voices of African public intellectuals, at home and abroad, in assessing such issues as human rights, terrorism, religious absolutism, and the devastating consequences they are bringing on the world today. Also part of the discussion are the ways in which the global African South has been widely ignored by the West in the West’s attempt to resolve such issues as current refugee crises, terrorism and corruption. Topics will explore the roles of public intellectuals in proposing creative and positive approaches to such world problems. From this perspective what roles do African voices and African arts play in the world today? How could African voices and arts help to change the way Africa is perceived in the world and how Africans perceive the injustices of the world visited upon them?
Wole Soyinka will be introduced by Awam Amkpa, NYU Professor, Drama, Tisch School of the Arts.
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)