Commencement Rites at the Tree of Creativity: A Series of Three Lectures

April 20, 2016 5:30 PM
April 20, 2016 5:30 PM
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April 20, 2016 5:30 PM
April 20, 2016 5:30 PM
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Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian poet and playwright, will deliver the 2016 Toni Morrison Lectures
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka

The series of three talks Wole Soyinka has named ‘Commencement Rites at the Tree of Creativity,’ will occur April 18th, 19th, and 20th at 5:30 p.m. each day. The lectures are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

April 18th
‘In Praise – and Dread – of Trees’
Introduction by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu

April 19th
‘Sweet are the Uses of Diversity’
Introduction by Professor Simon Gikandi

April 20th
‘As It Was in the Beginning’
Introduction by Professor Wendy Laura Belcher

The Toni Morrison Lectures are sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and Princeton University Press. The lectures are held annually and spotlight the new and exciting work of scholars and writers who have risen to positions of prominence both in academe and in the broader world of letters.

The lectures are published in book form by Princeton University Press and celebrate the expansive literary imagination, intellectual adventurousness and political insightfulness that characterize the writing of Toni Morrison.

Learn more about the Toni Morrison Lectures and watch video of previous lectures.

Direct link to video of the first talk: ‘In Praise – and Dread – of Trees’

Direct link to the video of the second talk: ‘Sweet are the Uses of Diversity’

Direct link to the video of the third talk: ‘As It Was in the Beginning’

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  2. 'The Pulse of Black Life in the Long 19th Century' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Autumn Womack 30:42
  3. 'Rethinking Empire and Democracy' Reena N. Goldthree, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 44:49
  4. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  5. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  6. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  7. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
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