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Ben Okri with Jonathan Green
Against the backdrop of our troubling times, the poet and novelist Ben Okri offers a timely and timeless meditation on the qualities we need to survive and transcend the age in which we live. His sometimes provocative thoughts are distilled from the world of politics and culture, and they come at the role of the human from an unexpected angle. After the lecture, there will follow conversations on the themes of the talk as they relate to contemporary issues. Ben Okri’s many books have been translated into 26 languages, and have won numerous international prizes including the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Africa and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991. He was presented with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his outstanding contribution to the arts and cross-cultural understanding. Ben Okri will be in conversation with nationally acclaimed and awarded artist Jonathan Green, a visual master in capturing the positive aspects of American and African American Southern culture, history, and traditions. His social interests and cultural commitments have brought him international recognition. He has received numerous honors and awards for his art, social, civic, academic and cultural contributions. In recent years, he has combined his role as artist with co-creating the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project. Currently, Jonathan Green resides and paints in his studio in Charleston, South Carolina.
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)