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URI Providence Campus to celebrate Hispanic literature
Event centers on Don Quijote de la Mancha

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- September 26, 2002 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus will host a cultural event around the figure of Don Quijote de la Mancha on Columbus Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 4 in the afternoon. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Paff Auditorium. The campus is located at 80 Washington St.

The afternoon will start a performance by the Providence-based theater group E.C.A.S., which will perform Don Quijote in America, directed by Héctor Romero.

Following the play, Prof. Alison Caplan of Providence College will speak about the work by Miguel de Cervantes and on how to connect famous works of Hispanic literature to the lives of Hispanics living today in the United States. The presentation will be adapted to make it accessible to young people.

Resurrección Espinosa, the director of URI’s Teatro Latino Estudiantil "La Casa" will also speak briefly about her new book of plays, Don Quijote in America, Plays in English and Spanish, Grades 1-6. Some of the plays were written for Providence schoolchildren. Espinosa spent one year in the after school program at the Charles Fortes Elementary Magnate School in South Providence.

The celebration is co-sponsored by Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and the URI Providence Campus, with the support of the Latin American Student Association, Sigma Lambda Upsilon-Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Books on the Square, and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information, contact Resurrección Espinosa at teatrol@etal.rui.edu.

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