News and Events


Achebe Comes to Cornell

Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, gave a public reading September 15th at the Statler Auditorium on the Cornell campus.

Chinua Achebe at Cornell - September 15, 2005

Famed Novelist Chinua Achebe meets with student winners of 'Things Fall Apart' essay contest

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Barton Hall Panel Discussion

Sunday 21 August, 3:30-5:00, Barton Hall
A video archive of the event is available here for viewing.

Events at Tompkins County Public Library

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2-4 pm, Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library. Professor Chima Anyadike from Cornell will speak on Balance and Belief in Things Fall Apart.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7-8 pm, Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library. Eric Acree, Director of the Africana Library at Cornell, will host a video showing and discussion of a Bill Moyers interview with Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 , 7 pm, Borg-Warner Room, Tompkins County Public Library. Beyond Yeats, Achebe and "Coming Apart". Renowned Cornell Professor, author and poet Robert Morgan will facilitate a discussion of the William Butler Yeats poem "The Second Coming," and its role in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Professor Morgan, author of Gap Greek and winner of several awards for his prose and poetry, will provide his own interpretation of the poem and how it's tied to Achebe's work. Participants will be able to share their comments and ask questions about "The Second Coming," its substance and structure and its role in the book.

More events at Tompkins County Public Library.


Cornell University News Service

Famed novelist Chinua Achebe meets with student winners of 'Things Fall Apart' essay contest, September 19, 2005

'Things Fall Apart' author Chinua Achebe to give reading on campus Sept. 15, August 31, 2005

Students and faculty come together for 'Things Fall Apart', August 23,2005

New students and faculty throng to Barton Hall to discuss Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart', August 12, 2005

The novel 'Things Fall Apart' brings people together as 59 high schools statewide and 24,000 Cornell alumni sign on for annual reading, May 6, 2005

Achebe's Things Fall Apart is text for 2005 student reading project,
Jan 27, 2005


Cornell University Library

Things Fall Apart: Mapping the Ibo
September 2, 2005 - ongoing
Maps and Geospatial Information, Olin Library

Display of maps and related texts from the Cornell Maps and Geographic Information Collection (M&GIC) illustrating the geography of the Ibo experience as described in Things Fall Apart. There are four panels, Early Exploration, Missionary Activity, British Conquest and Administration and contemporary maps showing cultural groupings in modern Nigeria. Some of the maps in the display are also reproduced on this web site.

The map display is located on the lower level of Olin Library.


Cornell Cinema

Colonial Misunderstanding
Wednesday, August 31 5:00 Willard Straight Theatre - Free
Thursday, September 1 5:00 Willard Straight Theatre - Free
Directed by Jean-Marie Teno
2004, color, 1 hr 28 mins


Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

In conjuction with Things Fall Apart, the Johnson Museum of Art will have two works by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, The Inevitable and Funeral and Crescent, on view on the Museum's the first floor.  During the month of September, several of the Ibo artifacts featured on the multimedia page will also be on public display in the study gallery case on floor 2L in the Museum.

El-Salahi will speak about his work at the Museum on Thursday, September 8 at 5:15 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. This event is cosponsored by the History of Art Department and Carl Becker House.

Ibrahim El-Salahi is a pioneer of modern Sudanese and African art. He combines modernist styles and techniques with Arabic calligraphy and African forms, creating works that reflect the crossing of cultures from the ancient to the present. He lives and works in exile in the state of Qatar and in Oxford, England. Ibrahim is a visiting artist/lecturer on campus for this semester, sponsored by the History of Art Department.

For more invormation about these and other events at the Johnson Museum of Art please visit the events site listed below.


Things Fall Apart

"A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone." (p. 24)

Broken mask

2005 New Student Reading Project Cornell University