Northwestern University

Wed 12:00 PM

Re-inventing a Colonial Language to Tell an African Story

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, Program of African Studies, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Susanna Sacks  

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


This talk is part of a spring residency of the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, a South African company that fuses spoken word poetry and music with a commitment to making socially ostracized communities visible through workshops, performances, and platforms. Lingua Franca has disturbed the poetry community nationally by creating provocative and groundbreaking productions, while organizing the annual Naked Word Festival as an affirmation, declaration, and exploration of the future of a distinctly South African poetics.

During their two-week residency at Northwestern and in Chicago, Lingua Franca will give talks on indigeneity, poetry and social challenges, and performance in South Africa, including a pedagogy workshop on Monday, April 10, a lunch talk on Wednesday, April 11, and a keynote talk and performance on Friday, April 13. They will also be performing at the Poetry Foundation, on Wednesday, April 18, and performing along with YCA slam teams at venues around Chicago on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 20-22.

Co-sponsored by the Program of African Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Department of English, the Global Indigeneity Working Group, and the Poetry Foundation.


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