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Antjie Krog at Penn: South Africa, Writing, and Social Justice

Meyerson Seminar Room, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania

Antjie Krog is a poet, writer, and academic, best known in the USA for her Truth Commission memoir, Country of My Skull.  Described as South Africa's Pablo Neruda, she has won numerous prestigious literary awards and has inspired many young writers, translators, and activists.  Come and listen to one of the world's great creative spirits!

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Africana Studies, the Center for Africana Studies, Latitudes, and the Kelly Writers House.

Young Scholars' Panel: A Celebration of Krog's Work

Chairs: Martin Premoli (Penn) and Brooke Stanley (Penn)

Chris Holmes (Ithaca College): “Fine for the Present: Antjie Krog’s Poetics for a Conditional Moment”

Sangina Patnaik (Swarthmore College): “Listen Better: The Ethics of Lingering in There Was This Goat

Shawn Worthington (Penn): “Ecological Inheritance in A Change of Tongue

Jan Steyn (Cornell University): “Stoepsitters: The Translatability of Antjie Krog’s Poetry”

Comments by Rita Barnard (Penn), Simon Lewis (College of Charleston), and Antjie Krog


Reading and Lecture by Antjie Krog


Conference organized by Rita Barnard, with help from Brooke Stanley.

Poster design by Brooke Stanley.