Don Quixote Visits Campus?

Mysterious sightings were reported last week of a Don Quixote look-alike on campus.  “El Quixote” was sighted in the HUB and the library, handing out bookmarks and telling everyone about the Día del Libro: Cervantes’s Don Quixote reading event coming up this week.

On Wednesday, April 23, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese will host a 12-hour readathon of Cervantes’s Don Quixote in celebration of World Book Day.

In 1995, UNESCO designated April 23 as World Book Day to honor books and authors and to encourage everyone to read.  This date is significant to many important authors and is also the date that Miguel de Cervantes died.  In many Spanish-speaking countries, readers participate in a two-day “readathon,” an event that features a continuous reading of Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote.

This Wednesday, students and faculty will read aloud from Don Quixote continuously from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.  In addition to Spanish, excerpts will be read in several other languages.  All are welcome!

Please join us and read for a few minutes!  E-mail arnedoa@dickinson.edu for more information, or simply come to the Bosler Atrium on April 23rd to read and enjoy!


8 a.m.: Presentation (front porch Bosler Hall)

8:30 a.m.: Readings begin (steps of Bosler Hall)

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Continuous readings (and Skype) (Bosler Atrium)

3-5 p.m.: Multilingual readings (Biblio Café)

5 p.m.: Continuous readings and reception (Bosler Atrium)

8 p.m.: Readings conclude

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Waidner-Spahr Library, and the Department of Theatre & Dance

The Don Quixote look-alike poses in front of the Waidner-Spahr library.
Don Quixote admires the quote tree in the library, on which hang cards with various quotes and illustrations from Cervantes’s Don Quixote.
Don Quixote reads about himself in Cervantes’s book.
The look-alike takes over the Biblio Café, distributing bookmarks to unsuspecting students and faculty.
He then ventures to the Hub, telling everyone he sees about the reading event this Wednesday.
The banner advertising the Día del Libro event in front of Bosler.


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