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13 Dec
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Dec 13, 2018 | 12:30 PM-1:45 PM


The Arrow of History: Literature, Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Futures

“Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.” —Chinua Achebe

Published in 1958, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart speaks to the ravages of colonialism and the challenges and tragedies that continue to accompany the making and unmaking of worlds after colonialism. A landmark of 20th-century world literature that has been translated into over fifty languages, the novel opens up discussion regarding decolonization and our collective futures. To celebrate the novel’s 60th anniversary alongside the 70th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join us for a discussion with the former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, Chinelo Achebe-Ejueyitchie (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Christopher Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa), and Adedamola Osinulu (Liberal Studies, NYU), for a discussion moderated by Vasuki Nesiah (NYU Gallatin).  

This event is open to the public and is co-sponsored by NYU Gallatin and NYU Liberal Studies.


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