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Author/Professor Ngugi wa Thiongo to Speak at UW


March 19, 2009 — Renowned author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o will lecture from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture, "Language, Culture and Globalization: Readings from ‘Wizard of the Crow,'" is based on his crowning literary work, "Wizard of the Crow." The presentation includes a question and answer session followed by a reception and book signing in the lobby. His books will be available at the UW Bookstore and also at the Arts and Sciences auditorium during his presentation.

A novelist, essayist, playwright and theorist of post-colonial literature, Ngugi is a leading champion of diversity of languages. His novels, plays and critical essays have been translated into more than 30 languages. They continue to be the subject of books, critical monographs and dissertations.

Ngugi is distinguished professor of English and comparative literature and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine. He was professor and head of the Literature Department at the University of Nairobi before he was detained without trial for his writings in 1977 and exiled from Kenya in 1982.

Ngugi received the Nonino International Prize in 2001 for his literary work "Moving the Centre." He has received seven honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Europe, New Zealand and Africa. In 2003 Ngugi was inducted as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He continues to write and speak around the world at numerous forums and universities.

UW instructor Gatua wa Mbugwa and the African American Studies Program host the visit and lecture with contributions from many UW departments and programs.

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Author/Professor Ngugi wa Thiong''o will present "Language, Culture and Globalization: Readings from ‘Wizard of the Crow,'" in the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences auditorium Tuesday, April 7, from 4-6 p.m.

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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