October 27

Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi (Arabic: نوال السعداوى‎)(born October 27, 1931) – Egyptian novelist, essayist

Remembering Nawal el Saadawi here

Nawal el Saadawi speaks about the freedom to write:
"We have to change the language in order to be free."

Albert Wendt

Albert Wendt (born October 27, 1939) Samoan novelist, poet

Read the Authors Calendar biography of Albert Wendt

Read Wendt's poem "Inside us the dead" and
listen to Wendt reading his poem here

Albert Wendt talks about his people, his writing and the new Oceania

Read and listen to more of Wendt's poetry at the
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama (born October 27, 1952) U.S. political philosopher –The Origins of Political Order (2011)

Read more about Francis Fukuyama here and here

Fukuyama's 1989 essay "The End of History"

"The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one's life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post-historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual caretaking of the museum of human history."

Francis Fukuyama discusses the opposition to liberal democracy in Russia and Asia, and threats to liberalism worldwide

Francis Fukuyama gives his opinion on the Ukraine-Russia conflict here