The University of Iowa

‘Open Book and Closed Text’ is topic of Nobel Prize-winning author’s lecture Nov. 6

November 1st, 2011

Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka will present a lecture titled “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text,” Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. He will also receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the African Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.

The African Studies Program, a part of UI International Programs, will present the award in memory of UI faculty member Rex Honey to recognize Soyinka’s outstanding contribution to world literature and his continuing advocacy of human rights reforms in Nigeria and around the globe.

A fierce defender of human rights and longtime advocate for democratic reforms, Soyinka has been jailed and exiled for his humanitarian stances. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and is now a professor emeritus in comparative literature at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, as well as President’s Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Soyinka will also read from his work Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Englert Theatre, an event presented by the International Writing Program (IWP).

For more information, contact Leo Eko at or 319-353-1926.

These events are sponsored by the IWP; African Studies Program; South Asian Studies Program; the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies program; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the University of Iowa Museum of Art; the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and International Programs.