Writing About Human Tragedy from a Spiritual Space - A lecture by the Rev. Uwem Akpan

Date: Monday, February 18, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Contact: Diane Riehlmann · riehlman@loyno.edu · (504) 865-3081

Location: Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Comm./Music Complex

The Rev. Uwem Akpan, a Nigerian priest and writer, will share unique tales influenced by the humor and endurance of the African poor.   He is the author of "Say You're One of Them" (2008), a collection of five stories, each set in a different African country, published by Little, Brown & Company. It won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the PEN Open Book Award and was picked by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club in 2009. He will discuss and read from his book at this free, public program. A book signing and reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture in the foyer of Roussel Hall.

Presented by the College of Humanities & Natural Sciences, in conjunction with The College of Law, The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing, The Department of English, African and African-American Studies, The Jesuit Social Research Institute, The Center for Intercultural Understanding and The Loyola University Honors Program.


  • African + African-American Studies
  • Arts + Sciences
  • Centennial
  • Center for Intercultural Understanding
  • English
  • Jesuit Social Research Institute
  • Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing