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KU Celebrates Chinua Achebe's Legacy

April 17, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University invites students, faculty, staff and community members to honor the passing of one of the giants of postcolonial literature, Chinua Achebe, at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 2 in the McFarland Student Union Bear's Den. Please join us in coming together to take turns reading aloud the work of Achebe, or work inspired by him. Each person will have between two and three minutes to read their selection.

Achebe, Nigerian author of the groundbreaking novel "Things Fall Apart," was a prolific writer whose career spanned more than five decades. Recipient of the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2010) and the Man Booker International Award (2007), Achebe was renowned for his novels, criticism and for his instrumental role in the founding and development of African literature. Achebe was deeply invested in the act of mbari, an African art tradition that celebrated African life through creation. Join us and engage in mbari, using the oral tradition, by bringing to life the stories and words of Chinua Achebe-the author who changed the world with a single story.

This event is free and will end by noon. Participants can bring their own copies of work or can read from pieces that will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. Help us celebrate and remember Achebe's legacy.

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