Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Hosts The Big Read Celebration

By Tom McLaughlin

This fall, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts is participating in The Big Read for the ninth year, with In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The two-month celebration features a lecture series, art installation sites, storytelling programs, and more. A copy of In the Time of the Butterflies or an age appropriate companion book will be given to each patron at all of the following events.

For more information on The Big Read or to start your own In the Time of the Butterflies book group, call Noreen Scott Garrity at (856) 225-6306.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS

Family-Friendly Kick-Off Celebration

Thursday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Northgate Park, located at 6th & Elm Streets in Camden. Everyone’s favorite storyteller, Kyle Jakubowski, a 2005 graduate of Rutgers–Camden, will delight listeners with call-and-response stories. The event will also feature hands-on art activities, book discussion group sign-ups, and giveaways. Each participant will receive a copy of the novel or an age-appropriate companion book.

Storytelling Program: “Tall Tales with Kyle J.”

Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Nilsa I. Cruz Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library, located on Fifth Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Jakubowski will weave his delightful word magic and captivate children of all ages through interactive storytelling. The session will include several different stories adapted from picture books. The children help to tell the stories through call-and-response, creative movement, and other ways that provide engaged learning and encourage an interest in reading. This event is for ages 12 and under. Space is limited. To reserve a space, call Miranda Powell at (856) 225-6202.

THE BIG READ LECTURE SERIES

Rutgers–Camden Faculty Lectures on In the Time of the Butterflies

The Revolutionary Female Body in In the Time of the Butterflies

Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m.  in the Alumni House, located at 312 Cooper Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Holly Blackford, professor of English, will lecture on the novel’s beautiful imagery. A widely published scholar on children’s and adult literature, Blackford has written about In the Time of the Butterflies and is the author of Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls.

Butterflies in Pants: How the Mirabal Sisters Challenge Gender Roles

Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the South BC Conference Room, located on the ground floor of the Campus Center. Lee Ann Westman, associate teaching professor of gender studies, will present on cultural relativism and gendered violence as it relates to the novel. A specialist in American literature and culture, Westman teaches “Contemporary Gender Issues,” “Women and the Arts,” and “Sexual Identity and American Popular Culture.”

Dictatorship and Resistance in In the Time of the Butterflies

Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m., in the Writers House, located at 305 Cooper Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Lorrin Thomas, associate professor and chair of the history department at Rutgers–Camden, teaches a range of subjects in Latin American history and the history of the Americas, including courses on the Caribbean, modern Mexico, U.S. and Latin American relations, and race and ethnicity in the Americas. Her books include Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth Century New York City and Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights.

In the Time of the Butterflies Book Exhibition

Oct. 15 to Dec. 21 in the Paul Robeson Library. The Paul Robeson Library will feature a collection of books, biographies, and criticism related to Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of the Butterflies.

Butterflies In Memoriam

Oct. 15 to Dec. 21 in the Paul Robeson Library and the Nilsa I. Cruz Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to contribute to the growing installations of handcrafted butterflies. Individuals can create their own butterfly in remembrance or honor of someone close to them.

For more information about The Big Read, visit NEABigRead.org. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts education programs are made possible in part with generous support from the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Subaru of America Foundation; and other generous supporters.

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