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Jan. 13, 2006

South African Scholar To Address Pan African Movement, Cultural Affirmation

Mbulelo Mzamane, a South African scholar, author and human rights activist, will discuss "The Pan African Movement and Cultural Affirmation," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Minnesota Room (No. 347) of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. His talk is one of a series of events planned on the UI campus as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, which runs Jan. 16-20.

This event is organized by the African Students Association and is funded by UI International Programs, the UI Department of English, the African-American Studies Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Student  Government.

Mzamane became the first post-apartheid vice chancellor and rector (equivalent of a university president) at the University of Fort Hare in 1994, where he also held the faculty rank of professor in the Department of English Studies and Comparative Literature. He had returned to South Africa in 1993, after living abroad for three decades, a period during which he was actively involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the struggle for civil and human rights in the United States.

His numerous novels, short stories and poetry are widely taught in the United States and have been translated into many languages. His most recent creative publication is a collection of short stories, "Of Minks and Men and Other Stories of Our Transition," published last year.

Mzamane's numerous scholarly publications include works on topics ranging from literary criticism to culture, arts, education, politics and society. His publication, "Multicultural Education," is widely used in U.S. colleges and is an offshoot of the 1990s debates on cultural diversity in American education and society. His recently completed books include "The Mbeki Turn: South Africa After Mandela," and "Revisioning Africa: Human Righting Apartheid." 

Mzamane is presiding chair (with Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Nawal el Saadawi) of BUWA! (Against All Odds): African Languages and Literatures into the 21st Century, an African renaissance initiative that reaches to all parts of the Continent and the African Diaspora.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Zoliswa Mali at 319-353-4833.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Zoliswa Mali, 319-353-4833; Writer: Lois Gray.