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From African Periodicals, with Simon Ottenberg

Simon Ottenberg, right; Judge Charles Z Smith, left; Mary Lindquist, center

From the very early days of KRAB forward, Si Ottenberg could be heard regularly with "From African Periodicals" in which he read from recent publications about the events, arts, culture, and political upheavals occurring in Africa. He also served on the KRAB Jack Straw Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.

In photo, left to right: Judge Charles Z Smith; Mary Lindquist; Simon Ottenberg, March 1967

Simon Ottenberg is emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was a faculty member from 1955-1991. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1957. His advisor was Melville J. Herskovits, founder of the Program of African Studies. He is a noted scholar of African art, particularly Nigerian art. (Abstract, Guide to the Simon Ottenberg Papers, Northwestern University Library.)

A favorite program that has not yet been found was Professor Ottenberg's reading of Laura Bohannan's Shakespeare in the Bush. Although we do not have the audio, you can read it yourself here: Shakespeare in the Bush - An American anthropologist set out to study the Tiv of West Africa and was taught the true meaning of Hamlet, by Laura Bohannan

Here are the programs that have been digitized so far:


From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Dec 16, 1963

The second program in the series is about African diversity.tape label

Listen now Listen now - From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - Dec 16, 1963 (26:47)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF PA0412


From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Oct 18, 1965

Reading from John Pepper Clark's America, Their America.tape label

Listen now Listen now - From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Oct 18, 1965 (31:00)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF PA0425


From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Nov 10, 1968

tape labelReading from Sterling Stuckey's Relationships Between Africans and Afro-Americans: Research Possibilities for Historians, later published in Africa Today, Indiana University Press, Apr 1969.

Listen now Listen now - From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Nov 10, 1968 (30:48)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF PA0408


From African Periodicals with Simon Ottenberg - KRAB Jun 3, 1970

Reading from Journal of Afro-Asian Writing.tape label

Listen now Listen now - Reading from the Journal of Afro-Asian Writing - Jun 3, 1970 (26:28)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF PA0426


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