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Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Blackness, Africans and African Americans: Complex Solidarities and Beauty

7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Auditorium
1400 R St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: NU
Alice Kang,
When an African and an African American meet, solidarity is presumed, but often friction can be the result. By asking what happens when two peoples suffering from double consciousness meet, Mukoma will explore how historical forces including slavery, colonialism, pan-Africanism and globalization have colored how Africans and African Americans see each other politically and culturally.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. A new novel, We Sing the Tizita to Unbury Our Dead is forthcoming. Some of his works have been translated into German, Turkish and French. He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project - Cornell.

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This event originated in Ethnic Studies.