Copresented with the UCLA African Studies Center
One of the world’s leading writers and scholars, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been a force in bringing Africa to the forefront of contemporary literature and postcolonial theory through his novels, essays, plays, journalism, and social activism. His new memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening, chronicles the period in early-1960s East Africa when he first found his voice as a leader of a literary and intellectual movement. A distinguished professor in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine, he has also been nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.
Coffee, tea, and a book signing follows the program.
The Coleman Lecture Series commemorates political scientist James S. Coleman (1919–1985), founding director of the UCLA African Studies Center.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, and all Hammer members.
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