The University of Iowa

Writing Wrongs: Literature, Trauma, and the African Moral Imagination

April 14th, 2014

UI alumnus J. Roger Kurtz, professor of African literatures at The College at Brockport: State University of New York will present on engaging trauma theory through African literature in an upcoming UI talk Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will examine conceptual problems of the Eurocentric origins of trauma theory and make suggestions on how “re-membering practices” of African literature may offer ways to reframe trauma studies from an African perspective.

Kurtz holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Urban Obsessions, Urban Fears: The Postcolonial Kenyan Novel (1998) and of Nyarloka's Gift: The Writing of Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye (2005).

This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program in UI International Programs. Light refreshments will be served.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Giblin in advance at or 319-335-2288.