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University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Event description: Black Mountain Institute Fellow Dr. Okey Ndibe will examine Things Fall Apart from the perspective of the Igbo ideal of balance as a central principle of social organization and individual conduct. This quest for balance demands a certain complementarity between male and female, and finds expression in the proverbial Igbo expression, much invoked by Achebe: "Wherever one thing stands, another thing must stand beside it." The statement informs every aspect of Achebe's novel, and articulates a profoundly protean and multiple worldview. It also represents Achebe's critique and ultimate disquiet with Europe's imperial mission in Africa, founded on Europe's sense of ideological singularity and racial superiority.

Opening Remarks were provided by Dr. Anne Stevens (World Literature Program) and Dr. David Fott (Great Works Academic Certificate Program). Dr. Brandon Manning (Interdisciplinary Degree Programs) introduced Dr. Ndibe.


English Language and Literature




Sponsored by the Great Works Academic Certificate and UNLV World Literature Programs.

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Achebe's Things Fall Apart: A Quest For Balance