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The Open Books – Open Minds Committee is planning another year of exciting events for faculty and students, inspired by the themes of the 2015-2016 common book selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Lecture by David Espinosa, Department of History
“The Dominican Republic in the Age of Trujillo:
A Historical Analysis of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

Thursday, March 24, 2016, Alger 110, 2 - 4 p.m.


Friday, February 26, 2016, Student Union Ballroom, 5 - 11 p.m. | Adobe PDFClick for event flyer

Join us for a night of games and Oscar’s favorite sci-fi. Cosplayers welcome!

Sponsored by student organizations:
Bringing Books to Life, The English Club, Gamer, Asian Students Association, and Otaku.

Free Film Showing: In the Time of the Butterflies

Tuesday, Nov 3
4:00 p.m.
Clarke Science 128

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Family Stories Reception
Thursday, October 15, 4-6 p.m., Alex and Ani Hall

Join Open Books – Open Minds as we kick off the new academic year with a celebration of family stories inspired by Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to submit their essays or creative projects for display Thursday October 15 in Alex and Ani Hall. Submissions are due October 1 to

In Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, we learn not only of Oscar’s childhood and turbulent young adulthood but also about his multigenerational family from the Dominican Republic and the rich and various ways their own stories intersect with larger historical, political, and cultural contexts. Each family has its own stories, jokes, legends, curses, and counter-spells. Think about your own family and the kinds of stories you heard growing up. Are there jokes or stories that people in your family tell over and over again? Does your family come with a curse or legend?
Write at least 500 words (fiction/non-fiction, prose/poetry, or somewhere in between) about your family’s story/ies. Visual art projects, songs, plays, or poetry inspired by this theme are also welcome.

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