Prize winner Soyinka to lecture
writer and democracy activist Wole Soyinka, who won the 1986 Nobel
Prize in literature, will present three Page-Barbour lectures on
the theme of African expression and censorship. The lectures, at
4 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium on Sept. 21, 22, and 23, are open
to the public. A reception will follow in the lobby. (A schedule
of individual lectures is below.)
as perhaps Africa's finest writer, Soyinka -- who has written plays,
novels, essays and poems -- has published more than 40 works which
chronicle Africa's political turmoil, while blending indigenous
Yoruban and European traditions.
1967, during Nigeria's civil war, Soyinka was imprisoned for more
than two years for his protests against the governmentıs brutal
policies and actions. Deprived of books to read and materials with
which to write, Soyinka made his own ink to keep a diary which he
wrote on scraps of cigarette wrappers, toilet paper and between
the lines of books he was able to secretly obtain.
prison notes, The Man Died, were published in 1972. Other well-known
works include The Lion and the Jewel, Madmen and Specialists, A
Shuttle in the Crypt, Season of Anomy, Death and the King's Horseman,
and his autobiography, Ake: The Years of Childhood, in which he
recounts the first 10 years of his life in the context of his country
and its history.
Soyinka, who is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the
Arts at Emory University, has taught at Yale, Cornell, Cambridge
Page-Barbour Lectures, established in 1907, have brought to U.Va.
such figures as poets T.S. Eliot and W.H Auden, historian of science
and technology Thomas P. Hughes, art historian Barbara Stafford,
political scientist Lisa Anderson, journalist Walter Lippman and
philosopher John Dewey. See www.virginia.edu/~pbrlect/#Schedule
Muse at War: African Expression and the Siege of Censors"
Sept. 21 "Phony Wars: The Windmills of Canon"
Sept. 22 "The Colonial Burden and the New Imperators"
Sept. 23 "Voices of Memory and the Terminal Censor"
lectures are at 4 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium with a reception
following in the lobby.