Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Named 2014 American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Named 2014 American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow

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Ngugi wa Thiong'o, University of California, Irvine Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been named a 2014 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Ngugi is among 204 new fellows and 16 new foreign honorary members elected to AAAS this year. The 234-year-old academy is one of the nation's most select societies and includes scholars, scientists and business leaders. Members of the 2014 class include winners of the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Arts. Fellows and foreign honorary members are nominated and elected by current members.

"It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments," said Don Randel, chair of the academy's board of directors. "The knowledge and expertise of our members give the academy a unique capacity--and responsibility--to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work."

Ngugi, whose name is pronounced "Googy" and means "work," is a prolific writer of novels, plays and essays, many exploring the harsh sociopolitical conditions of his homeland. …

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