'Language, Literature, and the Globalectic Imagination' lecture, April 20

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Migration Studies Project announces a distinguished lecture by Ngugi wa Thiong'o on "Language, Literature, and the Globalectic Imagination." The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in 121 Sparks Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Thiong'o is a world renowned novelist and theorist of postcolonial literature, and distinguished professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine. He has been short listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has received honorary doctorates from several universities around the world and has held distinguished teaching positions at Yale and New York University, after his early education and teaching in Kenya.

Thiong'o is respected for being one of the earliest scholars to envision a more critical and inclusive relationship between English and local languages in English studies. His literary and linguistic vision has been crafted through the painful personal history of education in a British colony and academic life under an authoritarian postcolonial regime.

This event is co-sponsored by Penn State's African Studies Program, Africana Research Center, Center for Global Studies, and Rock Ethics Institute.

Last Updated April 18, 2017