Acclaimed author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o will deliver the address “Decolonizing the Mind: Are We There Yet?” on Tuesday, April 21, 6:00pm in the Student’s Building, second floor multi-purpose room.
Ngugi is a Kenyan novelist, short story writer, essayist, postcolonial theorist, dramatist, editor, publisher, and social activist. His work includes the novels The River Between (1965), A Grain of Wheat (1967), Petals of Blood (1977), and Wizard of the Crow (2006). His essays range from the seminal Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986) to Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedom (1993), Something Torn and Something New: An African Renaissance (2009), and Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing (2014). Arrested and imprisoned for his writings that painted a harsh and unsparing picture of life in neo-colonial Kenya, Thiong'o was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, and released following an international campaign in 1978.
A recipient of the Nonino International Prize for his work, he has also been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature several times, and has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates. Thiong'o currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.
This event is sponsored by the Programs in Africana Studies and International Studies, the Departments of History, Political Science, and French and Francophone Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
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