Soyinka to Deliver Rights of Humanity Lecture at Rice

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: [email protected] SOYINKA TO DELIVER ‘RIGHTS OF HUMANITY’ LECTURE AT RICECommenting on “Cultural Claims andthe Rights of Humanity,” Wole Soyinka will kick off the 1998-99 President’sLecture Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Grand Hall of Rice MemorialCenter.Soyinka was the first African to receive the Nobel Prize inliterature, and his international education, political activism and personalexperiences are poignantly reflected in his lectures, poetry, plays and novels.Nigerian Soyinka follows the African cultural and artistic tradition ofrecording the mores and experience of his society. “Wole Soyinka was almost alone among the leading intellectualsof the world who stood up and condemned the death sentence issued by the Iraniangovernment on Salman Rushdie [for his book ‘The Satanic Verses’],” said RicePresident Malcolm Gillis. “He is a gifted, versatile artist, a worldtreasure.”Before completing a bachelor’s degree at England’s Universityof Leeds, Soyinka attended the University of Ibadan. Soyinka is the Robert W.Woodruff Professor of the Arts at Emory University.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### AddThislast_img

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