University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture by author and diplomat Henri Lopes on African writers today

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Hyam Plutzik Library of Contemporary Writing, located in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the second floor of Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

March 31, 2004

Henri Lopes, a prolific author who has held several diplomatic posts representing the Republic of Congo, will discuss the work of Africa writers at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the University of Rochester.

Born in Leopoldville under Belgium colonialism in what is now the Republic of Congo, Lopes was educated in France. His novels, collections of short stories, and a collection of essays on the practice of the French language in Africa include such works as Tribaliks: Contemporary Congolese Stories (1971), The Laughing Cry: An African Cock and Bull Story (1987), Le Lys et le Flamboyant (The Lily and the Blazing, 1997), and Dossier Classé (2000). His works have been translated from the French into many languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

His talk is titled “Is an African Writer More Useful than a Soccer Player?” and is free and open to the public. He will speak in the Hyam Plutzik Library of Contemporary Writing on the second floor of Rush Rhees Library on the University’s River Campus.

In his career as a statesman, Lopes is currently the top diplomat of Congo Brazzaville in Paris. He also has served as deputy secretary of UNESCO, the Paris-based United Nations’ agency in charge of education and culture.

His lecture is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and The Morey Lectureship Fund at the University of Rochester. A reception will follow the lecture in room 302 of Morey Hall. For more information, contact (585) 275-7235.