- Nobel Prize winning author Chinua Achebe
A string of events will be held in honor of the 50th anniversary of Chinua Achebe's internationally acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart. Thursday March 27 at 7pm Bard College, SUNY Ulster, and the American Association of University Women-Kingston Chapter are all co-sponsoring “Images of Africa: Conrad and Achebe.” There will be a discussion with Myra Armstead and Dereck Furr of Bard College as well as Abdou Gaye from SUNY Ulster. The event is free and open to the public held in the student lounge at SUNY Ulster.
Bard College and Poughkeepsie Library District will also be co-sponsoring an event. “Modernity and Tradition in African Life: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart” a talk with Wendy Urban-Mead and Myra Armstead will take place on March 29 at 1:30pm. Free and open to the public the event will take place in the Mid Hudson Library System Auditorium at 105 Market Street in Poughkeepsie.
Thursday April 3 at 12:30pm Nicola Sheara will read from the novel with a light lunch provided by American Association of University Women-Kingston Chapter. The event, free and open to the public will he held at the Kingston Area Library at 55 Franklin Street Kingston.
Friday April 11at 7pm Bard College will host “Revisiting Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart a 50th Year Retrospective.” There will be a panel discussion with Achebe as one of the panelists. The event is made possible with funding from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be taped for future broadcast on WAMC. The Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fischer Center for the performing arts at Bard College, free and open to the public. www.fischercenter.bard.edu