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1998 Scholar: NGUGI WA THIONG'O
Stanford University
Friday, April 3, 1998
Kelly Writer's House, 3805 Locust Walk

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Event Schedule:

9:00 – 9:10: Opening Remarks
Dr. Sandra Barnes (Director, African Studies Center, Professor of Anthropology)
Ngugi Reading: Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Kabuiya Kimani

9:10 – 10:40 1st Round Table: "History, Performance and African Literature"
Chair: Dr. Dan Ben-Amos (Professor, Folklore and Folklife)
Solimar Otero (Folklore and Folklife)"Telling and Writing Our Stories: The Textualization of Performance in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Fiction"
Kristina Wirtz (Anthropology) "Narratives of Outside and Inside"

10:40 – 10:45

10:45 – 12:15 2nd Round Table: "Language and Power"
Chair: Dr. Alwiya Omar (African Studies Center Language Coordinator)
Richard Haavisto (Anthropology): "The Power of Language/The Language of Power"
Dr. Alwiya Omar: "Negotiating Language in Tanzania"
David Samper (Folklore and Folklife)
Tonya Taylor (Anthropology, Folklore and Folklife)

12:15 – 1:50

1:35 – 1:45 Ngugi Reading:
Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Kabuiya Kimani

1:45 – 3:15 3rd Round Table: "Prison Literature Worldwide"
Chair: Dr. Rita Barnard (Associate Professor, English)
Dr. Rita Barnard (Associate Professor, English)
Dr. Mary Jane Androne (Professor of English, Albright College)
Dr. Rosemary George (Assistant Professor, English, University of California, San Diego)
Jeanine De Lombard (English)
Anjali Arondekar (English)
Erika Wiliams (Comparative Literature)
Adam Hotek (English)
Mark Sanders (English, Columbia University)

3:15 – 3:20

3:20 – 4:50 4th Round Table: "The Stuggle for Culture: Postcoloniality vis-à-vis the West"
Chairs: Dr. Lee Cassanelli (Professor, History)
Rudolph T. Ware (History)
Niklas Hultin (Anthropology)
Paulina Alberto (History)

4:50 – 5:00 Ngugi Reading:
Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Kabuiya Kimani
Closing Remarks:
Dr. Sandra Barnes (Director, African Studies Center)

6:00 – 7:30 Reception and Book Signing:
House of Our Own Books, 3920 Spruce Street, (215)222-1576

More about: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Co-sponsors: African Studies Center, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, English Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kelly Writer's House

For inquiries please contact:
Dr.Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D,
(215) 898-6610

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