Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek. Photo/Seasmin Taylor

Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek was announced a Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow 2020-21 on November 30, 2020.

The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for the Humanities funds the Shadbolt Fellowship Program at the Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. The program is a means of increasing the visibility of the contributions of the humanities and arts to the university community, and engaging the wider community in the work of the humanities and arts.

The fellows for 2020-2021 have been announced and the one name of interest to the African literary community on the list is Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek. Okot Bitek is an Acholi poet whose collected published poetry and essays provide revelatory new insights into, and narratives of, war and processes of reconciliation based on a deeply-rooted cultural understanding of the practices of storytelling.

The Shadbolt Fellows will engage with Metro Vancouver communities through exhibits, performances, artworks, workshops, and events that realize FASS’s values of advancing reconciliation; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and collaboration.