Esmeralda Kale on the Herskovits Library of African Studies

  • 11/10/2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • 11/10/2023 12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Zoom presentation is free and open to all. Preregistration required via website. ULCC live attendance – Zoom presentation and lunch ($35) immediately following. Reservations required by 12:00 PM CT 11/8/23


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November Midday Program

Maybe you’ve read The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Or recall an article by David Easterbrook in the Caxtonian about a superb collection of stunning and important manuscripts and other materials devoted to African Studies.

Both book and journal would have pointed you toward the exceptional resources at Northwestern University’s Melville J. Herskovits Library, which includes remarkable manuscripts, books in African languages, photographs, ephemera, art objects, and much more. The collection is known and admired throughout the world. And you’re invited for a special one-of-a-kind look behind the scenes.

Your guide will be curator Esmeralda Kale, who has studied, lectured, researched, and written in the UAE, South Africa, Swaziland, England, and in the States at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. She’ll reveal a range of materials to illustrate the rich history of poetry, medicine, calligraphy, theology, politics, literature and more, all emanating from Africa.

Set your compass for Northwestern and register today!

Live attendance and lunch

View Zoom program on eighth floor, Steel Room, Union League Club. Presentation begins at 12:00 PM CT. Lunch immediately following in the fourth floor Rendezvous. $35 includes non-alcoholic beverage, a cup of soup, and your choice of sandwich, salad, or hot entree, tax, and tip. 

Zoom presentation is free and open to all.

Zoom begins at 12:00PM CT/1:00 PM ET. Preregistration required via website.

Please forward this notice to anyone who may find it of interest.

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