‘Kaffir Boy’ Author Makes TAMIU Appearance Friday
Posted: 10/10/13

‘Kaffir Boy’ Author Mathabane Makes
‘Reading the Globe’ Presentation at TAMIU Friday

Mark Mathabane, author of this year’s Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Freshman Read, “Kaffir Boy:  The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa,” visits TAMIU Friday, Oct. 11 in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall at 12:30 p.m.

Mark Mathabane

Mark Mathabane

Mathabane's visit is part of TAMIU's  “Reading the Globe” Lecture. “Reading the Globe” is the University’s campus-wide reading initiative that sees the campus conduct a dedicated reading and exploration of the text, followed by the author's campus visit and a study-travel opportunity for students.  Students often travel to the country in which the reading is set.  It is now in its sixth year at TAMIU.

 Dr. Conchita Hickey, dean of the sponsoring University College, said students, faculty and the University community have conducted readings and included the book in classroom lectures and discussions throughout the semester leading up to the author’s visit.

“Mr. Mathabane’s culminating lecture and question and answer session thereafter provides a rare opportunity to further explore his experience and creative process of bringing it to written form.  It’s an exciting time for all of us,” Dr. Hickey said.

“Kaffir Boy” is an extraordinary memoir which traces the author’s life under apartheid in South Africa and his struggle to wrench himself from the devastating poverty of one of that country’s most hardened ghettos and win a scholarship to study in the U.S.

The book is also the selection of the Laredo Public Library’s “One City, One Book” program, which also invites Laredoans to share a common experience in reading a powerful, thought-provoking book by a modern-day author. The joint program is funded in part by Humanities Texas, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hickey said that participation in the “One City, One Book” program underscores the University’s and City’s commitment to the importance and power of reading.

“We are excited to once again be sharing our book title and focus this year with ‘One City, One Book.’  From campus to community at large, this represents a marvelous opportunity for us all to share in the magic and transformative power of reading,” Hickey explained.

After his TAMIU appearance, Mathabane presents a public lecture Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Laredo Public Library’s Multi-Purpose Room, 1120 East Calton Road. The lecture is free and open to all.  “Kaffir Boy” is available for check out at the Library and is for sale at the Books-A-Million Bookstore. 

For additional information about TAMIU’s “Reading the Globe” program, contact Dr. Hickey 326.2801, email chickey@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223.  An online gallery with past “Reading the Globe” study-travel programs is available at http://www.tamiu.edu/spotlight/index.shtml

For more on the “One City, One Book” program and related activities, call Hilary Frazier at the Laredo Public Library at 795-2400, ext. 2252, or visit the Laredo Public Library website at www.laredolibrary.org


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