Gates Lecture 2014: Wole Soyinka

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Nigerian poet, playwright and Nobel Prize recipient Wole Soyinka delivered the 2014 Henry Louis Gates Jr., Lecture on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Wole Soyinka is Emeritus Professor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
and a Hutchins Fellow at the Dubois Institute, Harvard University. Professor Soyinka spoke on the topic, “Slave Talk: Between Metaphor and Reality.”

The annual Henry L. Gates, Jr. Lectures, established in 2012 and administered by the Department of African American Studies at Yale, are endowed in the spirit of excellence that Professor Gates (Yale ‘73) brought to the Yale community, particularly in African American Studies, during his years of undergraduate study and while on the faculty.
The Gates Lectureship is made possible through the generous support of Daniel and Joanna S. Rose.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014