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ACHEBE--Chinua. Chinua Achebe was a brilliant novelist, story teller, and eloquent voice of opposition to the portrayal of Africa's relationship with the West by authors such as Joseph Conrad. He was also a gracious colleague to those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with him and his family during their many years at Bard College, where he was Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature for nearly 20 years. He taught undergraduates in small classes, touching all of his students with his intellect and his warmth. His importance to literature and to those he taught and knew personally will never be forgotten. It was Bard's privilege that Chinua Achebe accepted our invitation to live and teach here. We send our deepest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed. David E. Schwab II, Chair Emeritus Charles P. Stevenson Jr., Chair Leon Botstein, President

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 23, 2013
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