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Author Julia Alvarez to Deliver Lecture and Reading

October 8, 2013

Join the Notre Dame community at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 for an evening with Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies, the 2013 Campus Common Reading for Notre Dame of Maryland University.

In this historical novel, Alvarez, a native of the Dominican Republic, chronicles the courage, faith and martyrdom of the Mirabal sisters, las mariposas (the butterflies) and their sole surviving sister during the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship. From Publisher’s Weekly: “Alvarez has fictionalized their story in a narrative that starts slowly but builds to a gripping intensity. As the sisters' energetic fervor turns to anguish, Alvarez conveys their courage and their desperation, and the full import of their tragedy.”

During summer orientation, every incoming undergraduate student received a copy of In the Time of Butterflies, which will be explored in their required Perspectives on Education and Culture course. Upper level and graduate students are also encouraged to participate in the Common Reading and may be required to read the book for some of their classes. Throughout the year, coursework and extra-curricular events will draw from the subjects and themes explored in the work. 

Lecture and Reading by Julia Alvarez

Author of In the Time of the Butterflies, the 2013 Campus Common Reading for Notre Dame of Maryland University.

7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6

LeClerc Auditorium,

Notre Dame of Maryland University

4701 N. Charles St.

Event is free and open to the public

To reserve a seat: www.ndm.edu/alvarez

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