The Big Read Kickoff

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605

Join us as we kickoff The Big Read programming for 2013!  Dr. Carmelo Esterrich, Associate Professor of Spanish, Humanities and Cultural Studies will discuss the  importance of Julia Alvarez' novel  In the Time of the Butterflies and how it brought the lives of Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal to light.  He will  provide a historical background of the Dominican Republic, and the Mirabal sisters' importance within the political context of the mid-twentieth century when the country was under the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. 

The presentation will be followed by a brief reading from playwright Caridad Svich's play adaptation of In the Time of the Butterflies,  by Teatro Luna, Chicago's All LatinaTheater Company  and a dance performance by members of the Latino  Alliance student dance group, Adrenaline.

Refreshments will be served after the program.  This program is free and open to the public.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  This program is also made in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois General Assembly.




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