A Brown Bag Series
African American & African Diaspora Studies
Communication and Culture
The Project on African Expressive Traditions
Wednesday, October 1st
Dr. Thabiti Willis
"Matrons of Masquerade:
Gender, Power, and Transformation among a West African People."
Dr. Willis is a Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellow
at the University of Virginia.
Location: Jordan Hall 239
Time: 4-6 pm
African Studies, English, Comparative Literature &
POAET (The Project on African Expressive Traditions)
A Reading & Lecture by
2:30pm, Sunday April 20, 2008
Monroe County Public Library, Room #1C
Reading & Discussion: “How Pinkie Killed a Man”
and other pieces from
Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa & Other Essays (2005).
2:30pm, Monday April 21, 2008
IU, Woodburn Hall #218
Lecture & Discussion: “Exile, Foreign Publishing,
and Literary Culture in Nigeria”
is the author of numerous books, including
Loyalties and Other Stories
In My Father’s Country: A Nigerian Journey
,Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka?
A Mask Dancing: Nigerian Novelists of the Eighties
(1992). He was formerly editor of the
Heinemann African Writers’ Series (1986-94),
and Africa editor of
Index on Censorship
(1986-97). He currently lives in Lagos,
where he runs YEMAJA, an editorial services agency.
His most recent book is
Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa & Other Essays
which critic Uzor Maxim Uzoatu describes thus:
Controversy dogged every step of this book, and the publishing
was nearly stopped as people took positions without reading a
word of it. This book affords us the opportunity of dipping
into the immense world of Maja-Pearce as he, in twenty-three
heartfelt essays and reviews, illuminates the benighted mores
of modern Nigeria, the identity question in South Africa …
and engages with seminal minds across the world.
This book is a treasure, a profound testament.
The Project on African Expressive Traditions (POAET)
& ArtsWeek 2008
The Poet & the Emperor:
Power and the Arts in Nigeria & Beyond
February 25, 2008 Lilly Library
5:00pm - A Reading by Akin Adesokan
Nigerian novelist, journalist and IU Comparative Literature
professor Adesokan will read from his 2004 debut novel,
Roots in the Sky. Fellow journalist and scholar, Harvard
Professor Biodun Jeyifo will respond.
6:30pm - Reception & Exhibit of works by
Professors Adesokan & Jeyifo
7:15pm - A Conversation with Akin Adesokan
& Biodun Jeyifo
Akin Adesokan and Biodun Jeyifo, both writers, scholars,
activists and outspoken critics of the oppressive Nigerian
regimes from the 1980's to the present, will discuss issues
of writing, the state, and politics in Nigeria, Africa, and beyond.
Akin Adesokan worked for many years as a journalist, beginning with
The Guardian (Lagos),
and the initially clandestine newsmagazine,
Following his political detention in Nigeria,
he won the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award (1998)
and the Hellman/Hammett Award from Human Rights Watch (1999).
Roots in the Sky
won the Association of Nigerian Authors' prize for Fiction in 1996.
He is co-editor of the Lagos-based journal,
Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of Literature & African Studies at Harvard and
Cornell Universities, is a pre-eminent scholar of African literatures,
a journalist and long-time political activist. He publishes widely on
African drama, the postcolonial predicament, and Marxist theory.
POAET thanks the IU African Studies Program & the Lilly Library
for their support of this event.
Project on African Expressive Traditions(POAET) presents
2007 POAET Grantees Report
on their Research
9am – 12pm, Friday
& coffee will be available from 8:45 am
and Public Culture 9:00-9:35
Personal History & the Public Culture of Religion
in Madina, Ghana
Art in the Americas
Jules Lion, “Free Man of Color” in la
Nostalgic Landscapes of the Botánica
Panel III Women
and Popular Culture 11:00
Quiltmaking as a Realm of Interracial Expression
the Image: Women, Television
and Nation in a Democratic South Africa
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