Nigerian poet and novelist Chinua Achebe was in Boston September 26 as a special guest and speaker in a forum organised to commemorate the inauguration of JoAnn Gora as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

        In June 2002, Achebe was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the university, in recognition of his world-acclaimed accomplishments as a writer but more specifically in celebration of the fact that his books, especially T
hings Fall Apart,  are taught in well over 12 departments and programs at U Mass. On that occasion he promised to return.

        Professor Chukwuma Azuonye had set up a Chinua Achebe Symposium Committee, of which he is chair, not only to organize the September 26 forum, but also to organize an international conference on the theme. "Teaching and Learning from Chinua Achebe's Writings" sometime between September 2003 and February 2004. This conference will cover most aspects of Achebe's awesome body of work including his poems, works of fiction and essays.

          At the September forum, Achebe spoke on "Diversity through Literature" and joined the Symposium Committee in a post-forum African feast hosted by Chioma Azuonye, a professor in the Women's Studies program.

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