“Big Read” celebration continues through March
By Katrina Neveri
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites you to celebrate Mexican culture with Big Read events through March 31. The National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring Big Read events across the country to encourage more adults to read for pleasure and to make reading a part of their social lives.
Several exciting events are scheduled, including a showing of the acclaimed foreign film "Like Water for Chocolate" Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema. A discussion follows hosted by Gail Gonzalez.
UW-Parkside students host the discussion "Mexican Attitudes towards Death," Wednesday, March 21, at 5 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Student Center. The discussion examines Día de los Muertos or "Day of the Dead," a Mexican national holiday celebrated by the gathering of family and friends to pray for loved ones who have passed. Students discuss Mexican creation myths, key events in Mexican history, and their insights on "Day of the Dead" sculptures, paintings, and food.
"Each Big Read event is unique and provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience Mexican culture and history," said Stephanie Sirovatka-Marshall, interim director of the UW-Parkside Student Center.
Big Read continues with "Omeyocan" a traditional Aztec dance show Monday, March 26, at noon in Main Place of Wyllie Hall, co-sponsored by the Worldfest Planning Committee.
Other events include the "Sun, Stone and Shadows" book discussion Wednesday, March 28, at noon in the Overlook Lounge on the second floor of the library, and an ongoing Mexican art exhibit "Reproductions of Famous Works & Indigenous Crafts" showing through March 31 in the library's lobby.
The campus celebration of The Big Read began March 1 with a visit to campus by editor/author Jorge Hernandez. Hernandez discussed and answered question about his book "Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories." The Kenosha Public Library selected Hernandez's book to celebrate the growing Latino population in southeastern Wisconsin and raise awareness of Latin culture and history.