Wole Soyinka in Conversation with Henry Louis Gates


Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Lecture Hall, Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States)

Wole Soyinka and Henry Louis Gates event photo

Join Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka as he discusses his work with acclaimed literary critic Henry Louis Gates.

Nigerian playwright and political activist Wole Soyinka received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, several novels, and 19 plays shaped by a diverse range of influences, including avant-garde traditions, politics, and African myth. His poetry similarly draws on Yoruba myths, his life as an exile and in prison, and politics.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and created twenty-one documentary films, including Wonders of the African World and African American Lives.

This event is sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

Registration is required.

ORGANIZER: Cambridge Public Library 

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