Thelma Pinto, instructor in Africana Studies and director of the Self-Instructional Language Program, was inaugurated as president of the African Literature Association at the group's recent annual meeting at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown.
She also gave a paper titled “Women’s Portrayals in the Latest Novels of Zoë Wicomb and Rayda Jacobs,” and conducted a taped interview with Nawal El Saadawi, a distinguished Egyptian writer and political activist.
The African Literature Association is an international organization that exists “primarily to facilitate the attempts of a worldwide audience to appreciate the efforts of African writers and artists,” according to its mission statement. It also has a tradition of political activism and advocacy on behalf of African and diasporan writers and artists whose human rights are threatened and infringed because of their artistic and literary activity.
Pinto, who joined the faculty in 2003, holds a doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is shown receiving the president's stool.