Africana Studies


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For more information about Africana Studies at Bard College or questions about this site:

Drew Thompson
Director of Africana Studies
Tel: 845-758-6822 x4600
Office: Hopson 303
Bard College
PO Box 5000
New York 12504-5000

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Friday, October 23, 2009
Achebe Center Presents Kenyan Singer-Songwriter Eric Wainaina’s Popular Musical Mo Faya! in Fisher Center
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts  Bard College is proud to present a performance of Mo Faya! the popular musical by celebrated Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina, on Friday, October 23. The musical is making its first tour of North America. Bard’s Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists is featuring Mo Faya! as part of Africa Week, four days of readings, discussions and events at the College from October 21-24. Mo Faya! takes place at 8 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Sponsored by: Achebe Center
Contact: Tom Burke  845-758-7837

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Njabulo S. Ndebele
Bard College, Senior Scholar in Residence
Olin, Room 102  "Home, Freedom, and Democracy in South Africa"

The talk will reflect on the meaning and experience of country as home. Whereas apartheid was experienced as a series of dislocations, in what ways has freedom since 1994 restored the sense of home, and how do South Africans experience their country as home as the politics of liberation seems to run aground? A center piece of the talk will be a reading from my novel, "The Cry of Winnie Mandela" which explores these themes.
Njabulo S Ndebele, Senior Scholar in Residence at BardCollege, was President of the University of Cape Town, following tenure as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York.  Earlier positions include President of the University of the North; Vice-Rector of the University of the Western Cape; Chair and Head of the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean, and Head of the English Department at the National University of Lesotho.  He has served as Chair of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellor’s Association, founding Chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association, and currently President of the Association of African Universities.  He is the author of “Fools” and Other Stories (1983),  which won the Noma Award for the best book published in Africa in 1983, and the novel The Cry of Winnie Mandela (2003) published to critical acclaim.  His highly influential essays on South Africa literature and culture,  are collected in Rediscovery of the Ordinary (1991, 2006) and Fine Lines from the Box: further thoughts about our country (2007) which has won the k. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award.  He holds honorary doctorates from Universities in the Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, CambridgeUniversity, and a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.  He is a graduate of Lesotho, Cambridge, and Denver.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program
Contact: Amy Ansell  845-758-7664