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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Central New York Humanities Corridor Seminar: John Kani on South African Theater Under and After Apartheid

Event scheduled for Tues., Jan. 27 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Feb. 26, 2015, by Sarah Scalese

John Kani (Photo courtesy of Gauteng Tourism)
John Kani (Photo courtesy of Gauteng Tourism)

DATE, TIME, PLACE: Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Syracuse University Humanities Center, Seminar Room (304 Tolley)

REGISTRATION: Open to all faculty and students of Syracuse University and affiliated Corridor institutions.      

Pre-enrollment required  

Limited to 24 participants

Contact Mi Ditmar or 315.443.5944 by Monday, January 26 to register.

WHAT:  Award-winning South African actor, playwright, and director John Kani will present a CNY Humanities Corridor Seminar in advance of Syracuse Stage’s Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Kani, director of the Syracuse production, co-authored the drama with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona. Under Fugard’s direction, Kani and Ntshona co-starred in the 1972 production in Cape Town. They were jailed for 23 days for their performances. In 1975, Kani and Ntshona reprised their roles on Broadway and together won the Tony Award for Best Actor. The seminar will focus on social and political issues surrounding theater in South Africa under and after apartheid. 

John Kani is a South African director, playwright, and Tony Award-winning actor. In addition to Sizwe Banzi is Dead, he is also co-author with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona of the plays The Island and Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act. In 2000, he received a Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation Award. In 2003, his solo-playwriting debut, Nothing but the Truth won Fleur du Cap Awards for Best Actor and Best New South African Play. In 2010, he received Golden Horn awards for Best Screenwriter in a Feature Film and Lifetime Achievement.

CO-SPONSORS: The Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Syracuse Stage


The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration between Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, as well the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium in seven different areas of research and humanistic inquiry.  Each institution brings a vibrant and distinguished humanistic scholarly tradition to the collective work of the CNY Humanities Corridor. 

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