Petrou Lecture: Chris Abani

October 11, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall

Chris Abani, Board of Trustees Professor of English, teaches Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry) and Literature at Northwestern University. He is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. His fields of interest include African Poetics, World Literature, 20th Century British and American Literature, African Presences in Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Spaces, The Architecture of Cities and their Potential Symbiotic Relationship with their Populations, West African Music, Postcolonial and Transnational Theory, Robotics and Consciousness, Yoruba and Igbo Philosophy and Religion.

Abani will offer the second of three Petrou lectures to support the conference ASAP 2019: Ecologies of the Present. A reception at the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora will follow.

The Bebe Koch Petrou Speaker Series was established in 1990 through the generous gift of an endowment from the John and Bebe Petrou Foundation. This series, the most prestigious in our department, honors Bebe Koch Petrou, the late wife of John Petrou and a Maryland graduate. Their son, David, an alumnus of our department, was instrumental, with his father, in setting up the original lecture series. In 2010 the Petrou family kindly allowed the English department to expand Petrou events to include writers-in-residence, readings, multiple lectures, and conferences. Petrou events are intended to be the “hallmark of distinguished academic excellence.”
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