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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

While I am still searching for his reading of Laura Bohannan's Shakespeare in the Bush, thanks to the Jack Straw Foundation, there are other programs to share.

Listen now Listen now - The second of the series - this one about African diversity - Dec 16, 1963 (26:47) - Click to view tape label

Listen now Listen now - Reading from John Pepper Clark's America, Their America - Oct 18, 1965 (31:00) - Click to view tape label

Listen now Listen now - Reading from Sterling Stuckey's Relationships Between Africans and Afro-Americans: Research Possibilities for Historians - Nov 10, 1968 (30:48) - Click to view tape label Stuckey's paper was later published in Africa Today, Indiana University Press, Apr 1969

If you would like to read the Bohannan article, here it is: 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

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.)

Recordings courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, PA0412, PA0425, PA0408

 


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