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Nigerian novelist keynotes workshop, April 15

Distinguished Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe will deliver the keynote address for a workshop at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in 101 Friend Center.

His talk is titled "Insider Perspectives on Afro-Pessimism: Rethinking Our Role as Contemporary Self-Critics."

Achebe is the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. His recent works include "Another Africa" (with Robert Lyons, 1998), "Africa Is People" (1998), "Home and Exile" (2000) and "Collected Poems" (2004). He is the recipient of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lotus Award for Afro-Asian Writers, the Campion Medal and the German Booksellers Peace Prize.

The workshop, "After Afro-Pessimism: Fashioning African Futures," will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in 101 McCormick. More information is available online.

The talk is designated as the Walter Edge Lecture and is sponsored by the University's Public Lectures Series along with several other departments.

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