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SEARCHING FOR COMMON GROUND

Two famous writers hope to make their pens of love mightier than the swords of discrimination.

As Elie Wiesel and Maya Angelou appeared Tuesday before an audience of 5,000 at the University of Massachusetts, Wiesel said they have "chosen the written word as a means of bringing people together."

Angelou said she has learned several languages because "I refuse to accept any man-made differences between human beings."

Angelou is a prize-winning poet and professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who became a Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University professor, is the founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity human rights group.

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