By TONIA HILL
The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will host author and educator Dr. Haki Madhubuti Thursday evening, March 2. The event will feature a reading of Madhubuti’s poetry and a discussion on the Black Arts movement and political engagement on the South Side.
Madhubuti currently serves as the director of the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive. He is also the founder and chairman of the Third World Press, which is based out of the Chatham neighborhood in Chicago.
Since it was launched in 1967, Third World Press has become the largest independent black-owned book publishing company in the nation. Notable authors published through Third World Press include George E. Kent, Sonia Sanchez, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
He’s written over 30 books of poetry and nonfiction on various topics from the Iraq War and ethnic violence in Rwanda.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. at the IOP building, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.