A Brown Bag Series
Presented by
African American & African Diaspora Studies
Communication and Culture
Gender Studies
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

Nigerian Writer
Adewale Maja-Pearce

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”

Adewale Maja-Pearce is the author of numerous books, including Loyalties and Other Stories (1988), In My Father’s Country: A Nigerian Journey (1989) ,Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka? (1990) and 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 (2005), 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, TEMPO. 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, Glendora Review.

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.


The Project on African Expressive Traditions(POAET) presents

2007  POAET Grantees Report
on their Research

9am – 12pm, Friday January 25, 2008
Ballantine #


 Bagels & coffee will be available from 8:45 am

Panel I    Religion and  Public Culture   9:00-9:35 am
Jennifer Hart
  Personal History & the Public Culture of Religion
        in Madina, Ghana

Panel II     Framing Art in the Americas    9:45-10:45 am
Sara Mandel  
Jules Lion, “Free Man of Color” in la Nouvelle Orléans

Selina Morales  The Nostalgic Landscapes of the Botánica

Panel III  Women and Popular Culture   11:00 am-12:00 pm
Teri Klassen
   Quiltmaking as a Realm of Interracial Expression

Shelley-Jean  Bradfield  Imagining the Image: Women, Television
         and Nation
 in a Democratic South Africa


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Director: Professor Eileen Julien, African American & African Diaspora Studies,
Comparative Literature, French & Italian

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