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Leading African literary figure to visit Berks

Eritrean writer Alemseged Tesfai will visit Penn State Berks as part of his U.S. tour on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Tesfai will give an presentation on his work at 7:00 p.m. in the Thun Library, Room 145. He will also be on campus for lunch and dinner that day; those interested in attending the lunch or dinner should contact Randall Fegley, Assistant Professor of History and Politics and Co-coordinator of the Global Studies degree program.

Tesfai is Eritrea's most prominent writer and is one of the leading literary figures in all of Africa. Widely read at home and abroad, his writing covers topics including history, political analysis, novels, short stories, plays, criticism, and tales for children. His works include the novel, Wedi Hadera, a collection of short stories, and the highly acclaimed play, The Other War.  He has also translated Ngugi wa Thiong'o's I Will Marry When I Want (Ms Teberhani Emir'o) into Tigrinya.  Over the last decade, Tesfai has focused on a three-volume writing project of Eritrean history in Tigrinya.  He is also the Head of the History Project in Eritrea's Research and Documentation Center in Asmara.

For more information, please contact Randall Fegley at 610-396-6092 or raf8@psu.edu.
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