Friday, April 21, 2017
NGUGI wa THIONG'O at Penn State
Just back after dropping Ngugi wa Thiong'o at the airport for his trip back to Irvine.
His visit started off with a lunch time discussion centered in his book Globalectics: Theory and the Politics of Knowing, which brought together his Wellek lectures.
PSU has a history with Ngugi. Back in '94, my poet/friend Charles Cantalupo organized a conference on Ngugi's work at our Berks campus. And you can find video of Charles's conversation with Ngugi in 2015 here: Cantalupo and Ngugi in conversation
This year's visit was under the auspices of the Migration Studies Project. The central event was a public lecture, "Language, Literature and the Globalectic Imagination." Ngugi had worked last minute citations to Penn State people into his lecture, giving a sense of how much his thought is still in progress and evolving daily.
Things wound up today with a great lunch conversation with Professor Ngugi, grad students Derek Gideon and Brandon Erby, and recent PhDs Susan Weeber and Laura Vrana.