As promoted by New York University’s Institute of African Affairs (NYU-IAAA), their Fall 2016 Scholar-in-Residence is Wole Soyinka, world-renown playwright, poet, and essayist. And in celebration of this, the NYU-IAAA, with programs co-sponsored by the Tisch School of the Arts, are presenting a number of events in regard to Soyinka’s writing and scholarship.
If you are unfamiliar with this giant, the NYU-IAAA has provided this bio:
The 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.
MONDAY | OCTOBER 3rd, 2016 | 6:00 PM
Wole Soyinka Main Lecture: “Negritude By Any Other Name”
Film screening: Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor
Wole Soyinka In Conversation with Taiye Selasi
For more information please visit: http://nyuiaaa.org/event-items/wole-soyinka/