For many years the legacy of Herbert Isaac Ernest Dhlomo, better known as H.I.E. Dhlomo, has been overlooked.  Yet Dhlomo (1903 – 1956) was a key early South African intellectual who helped lay the foundations of the country’s rich literary tradition through his impressive output of drama, poetry, journalism and fiction.  He worked alongside luminaries such as Sol Plaatje and Thomas Mofolo, at a pivotal age of African modernity.  In his work, Dhlomo often invoked the past to explain the present.  His social and political commentary grew more strident towards the end of his life, when liberalism proved futile in fighting for the emancipation of Africans.  Overall, he inspired subsequent generations of thinkers and writers, such as Lewis Nkosi.

To appraise his legacy, the Campbell Collections of the University of KwaZulu Natal and the Dhlomo family cordially invite you to the inaugural H.I.E. Dhlomo Memorial Lecture titled “The continuing significance of H.I.E. Dhlomo.

The lecture will be presented by Professor Bhekizizwe Peterson, Head of the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.

For more details please see the attached invite.

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