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April 18, 2005
Volume 40, Number 9

‘Don Quixote’ celebrated at UNM

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important published works in the history of the world, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s novel, “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha.”

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese hosts Lecturas Quijotescas/Quixotic Readings, a marathon reading of the novel in Spanish and English, in Ortega Hall, rm. 335, and in the third floor lounge beginning Saturday, April 16 at noon and finishing, by best estimate, the afternoon of Friday, April 22.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, reading will take place from noon until 8 p.m.; and on Monday through Thursday, April 18-21, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., while on Friday, April 22, reading will start at 1 p.m. and finish at around 3:30 p.m.

“Don Quixote” was rated the world’s greatest novel by the Norwegian Book Club, as determined by a survey of 100 well-known authors in 54 countries.

UNM President Louis Caldera and Joaquín Garrido, director of the Cervantes Institute in Albuquerque, invite the community to join in reading aloud a chapter of this novel.

“The reading celebrates not only the monumental achievement of Hispanic culture and humanity, but also encourages the rereading of classic works in general,” said Tony Cardenas, professor, Spanish and Portuguese.

The invitation to read is extended to those who wish to read in English or Spanish. To read in Spanish call 277-7361, to read in English, call 277-2974.

Readings last between 15 and 30 minutes. Check the Web site for the schedule: www.unm.edu/~quixote.

Other scheduled events include Romances Cantados with Tomás Lozano, Recitador de Romances, taking place April 18-22 from 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m., prior to the readings in Ortega Hall 335.

The Alfredo Rodriguez distinguished lecturer Professor James A. Parr, University of California-Riverside, will present, “Some Recent Soundings in Quijote Criticism,” also in Ortega Hall 335, on Friday, April 22 from 4-5 p.m.

On Saturday, April 23, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. S.W., a symposium featuring UNM Professor Emeritus Alfredo Rodriguez is featured.

For more information, visit http://albuquerque.cervantes.