Two St. Lawrence students will have a unique opportunity when Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka visits the University -- interacting with the subject of their independent projects.

Jonathan Ntheketha '00, of Rochester, N.Y., and Reid Putnam '01, of Delmar, N.Y., are both involved in projects on Soyinka's works. Ntheketha directed and acted in a production of Soyinka's play The Trials of Brother Jero performed recently on campus, and the writer has offered to view and critique a tape for him. Putnam plans to interview Soyinka about the political and religious themes in his work, for a research project he is undertaking that he plans to expand into an honors thesis during his senior year.

Soyinka, one of Africa's most versatile intellectuals and the winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, is lecturing and performing on campus as part of "African Arts: Into the Next Millennium," a program of public lectures and readings by eminent African cultural producers, and the St. Lawrence Writers Series.

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