Lecture: Africa Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Barbara Harlow
Tue, September 21, 2010 • 7:00 PM • JES A121A
Prof. Barbara Harlow
“She was a difficult act to follow, was Ruth,” wrote Gillian Slovo, Ruth First’s second daughter. But who was Ruth First? What was her act anyway? And why did it get her killed?
Prof. Barbara Harlow's talk entitled “The Power to Make a Difference: Ruth First and Human Rights Advocacy” will reflect on Ruth First’s act — her activism — in the anti-apartheid struggle and her pedagogy in post-independence Africa; what followed in the work of her three daughters, Shawn, Gillian, and Robyn; and the now global resonances of that genealogy: torture, Guantánamo, and HIV/AIDS.
Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literatures in the Department of English at The Univeristy of Texas at Austin and has also taught at the American Univeristy in Cairo, University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
She is the author of Resistance Literature (1986), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (1992), After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (1996). She is currently working on an intellectual biography of the South African activist, Ruth First.