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URI professor to present- Wildernesses to Cross: Migrations of the (Black) Soul

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 3, 2005 -- Gitahi Gititi, a professor of English at the University of Rhode Island will talk and read from his work on Thursday, Feb.10 at 4 p.m. in the Hoffmann Room of Independence Hall, URI Kingston Campus. Part of the English Departmentís Faculty Colloquium, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Born in Kenya, Gitahi received his early education there before migrating to the U.S. He earned a doctorate in comparative literature at the University of Minnesota and subsequently taught language and literature courses at Inverhills Community College, St. Olaf College, and Yale University before joining URI.

His teaching spans postcolonial studies, literary theory and criticism, African and African American culture, Latin American literature, and film studies. His abiding passion in the development of African languages and their corresponding literatures has continued to feed his creative and translation work, which seeks to foster meaningful dialogue among languages as diverse as Swahili and Spanish, Portuguese and Gikuyu, English and Gikuyu, etc. He suggests that this kind of engagement may help make comprehensible and commonplace that which is often made to sit in the kitchen of our nicely global(izing) village.

Gitahi's writing attempts to unite experiences of an African childhood and growing up in a colony on the cusp of independence with the travails of independence and dictatorship, and adds to this tones of forced exile and the frustrations of living in an increasingly myopic and often racist West. One work of short fiction and a short sample of poems will try to demonstrate that terrain of experiences.

For more information, call Mary Cappello at 874-4678.