The University of Redlands, in partnership with A.K. Smiley Public Library and Crafton Hills College ANNOUNCES THE KICK-OFF OF THE BIG READ IN REDLANDS
REDLANDS will come together to
read and celebrate Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima
Redlands, CA, February 19, 2014 —The University of Redlands, in partnership with the A.K. Smiley Public Library and Crafton Hills College will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima with a community gathering and discussion on Saturday, March 1.
The kick-off event will feature music and dance as well a conversation led by Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at University of California, Riverside. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 pm to 4 pm in the Orton Center at the University of Redlands. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Cortés will speak at 2:30 pm.
Leela MadhavaRau, Special Advisor to the President and Associate Dean for Campus Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Redlands commented, “The reasons we selected Bless Me, Ultima for our Big Read are best summarized by Luis Torres (http://latinopia.com/latino-literature/latinopia-book-review-bless-me-ultima/):
First published by a small publishing house back in 1972 it has since sold nearly a half-a-million copies. It has satisfied readers, both Latino and non-Latino, with its impeccable storytelling and its universal analysis of the threshold between innocence and understanding, between wonder and awareness, between the power of the spirit and the presumed rationality of the intellect. It is about the power of myth and legacy. Now published and distributed by a mainstream publishing house, it is still enthralling readers. It has won the praise of critics and captured the hearts of readers in the United States and beyond. And deservedly so.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Redlands is one of 77 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2013-June 2014. From March 1 through April 19, our community will celebrate Bless Me, Ultima with a full calendar of events including book discussions, a movie series focusing on ‘coming-of-age’ stories and other relevant activities.
MadhavaRau said, “I am delighted that we can be a part of a program that encourages a community to come together to talk about both a specific book as well as the importance of reading. Over the past few years as I read about fewer Americans reading, I have become more passionate about the need to get books into people’s hands and re-ignite the love of words that is innate in us all.”
Copies of Bless Me, Ultima will be available at all events, as well as at the A.K. Smiley Public Library and Campus Diversity and Inclusion (Hunsaker Center) at the University of Redlands.
For more information on this event, please contact Leela MadhavaRau at 909-748-8285 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can view a full calendar of events for The Big Read in Redlands here. Further information is also available on Facebook.
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Social hour begins at half past five in the evening with appetizers, silent auction, and wine/beer
Followed by dinner
Black tie optional
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Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley are offering their Redlands Intensive class which focuses on the history of Redlands. The class will begin Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will run for eight weeks ending on April 8. All classes will be held at the Smiley Library
The eight-week series is sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees for a fee of $30.00 per person. All proceeds go to the acquisition fund for the Redlands Heritage Room.
The class is limited in size and reservations can be made either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Library Director’s Office at 798-7565.Read More »