Introducing 2010-12 CLA Winton Chair Nuruddin Farah
The Department of English is pleased to announce the residency of Nuruddin Farah, the Somali novelist and a 2010-12 Winton Chair in the College of Liberal Arts. Born in 1945 in Baidoa, Somalia, Farah is the author of ten novels, a nonfiction book, several plays, and numerous articles and stories in English. He is the 1998 winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
During his three-year tenure in Minnesota, Farah will be giving readings, teaching classes, developing and presenting original plays, meeting with and mentoring high school students, and participating in the intellectual life of the University of Minnesota and its neighboring communities.
Farah, who lives in South Africa, taught within the Creative Writing Program in 1988 and has visited since. "It's been wonderful to be back to Minneapolis," he says, "which is my second home, and to reunite with my close friends and former students."
An excerpt from Farah's forthcoming novel Crossbones (Riverhead) is published in the December 13, 2010, New Yorker. Farah is the guest speaker at the December 12 CLA Commencement ceremony.