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Class Commemorates 400 yrs of Don Quijote with Reading Marathon

Victoria Creta '16, Jonathan Oberti '16, Carley Porter ('16), Professor Angie Willis, Phoebe Parrish '16, Sarah Roberts '15, and Matt Pacifici '16
The Don Quijote marathon organizers (l-r): Victoria Creta '16, Jonathan Oberti '16, Carley Porter '16, Professor Angie Willis, Phoebe Parrish '16, Sarah Roberts '15, and Matt Pacifici '16.

On April 23, students in Professor Angela Willis's Don Quijote seminar hosted an outdoor reading marathon and festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of part 2 of the novel (Don Quijote Parte I was published in 1605, Parte II in 1615). In addition to the seminar students, friends from across campus and beyond contributed their voices, energy, and treats to commemorate the master narrative.

The Spanish novel, by author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, follows the adventures of protagonist Don Quijote, who reads so many novels about romance and chivalry that he is inspired to revive chivalry and bring justice to the world. Cervantes wrote the novel during the Spanish Golden Age, a period from the 16th to mid-17th centuries.

The seminar hosted the reading on April 23 because Cervantes reportedly died on April 23, 1616, and it is considered "The Day of the Book" in many Spanish-speaking countries.