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Chris Abani: 'Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics and Human Rights' presented by Student Activities

October 5, 2012 - 7:30pm Student Union Den


Chris Abani was born and raised in Nigeria. At the age of 16, Chris Abani published his first novel, and was imprisoned and tortured by the Nigerian government for a fictional story that mirrored a real-life coup. After two more arrests and 18 months on Nigerian death row, Chris was exiled from Nigeria and has been a resident of the U.S. since 1999. Chris now conveys the horrors of his experience in Nigeria and its’ prisons through searing poetry.

Chris Abani will speak at the University of Alaska Anchorage on the role of art and literature in defense of human rights and democracy. Chris Abani examines this loaded question in momentous and often very funny keynotes that draw on his acclaimed body of work, as well as his own political activism. Mixing the personal and the political, he reminds us of our common humanity.

Chris Abani holds a BA in English, an MA in Gender and Culture, an MA in English, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Wr...

Fri Oct 5, 2012 7:30pm – 9:30pm Alaska Time
Student Union Den - 2921 Spirit Way (map)