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TAMIU’s Cervantes & Shakespeare @400 Draws to Close with Final Events Posted: 10/13/16

TAMIU’s Cervantes & Shakespeare @400 Draws to Close with Final Events


Cervantes and Shakespeare at 400
Dr. Lola Norris and Dr. Ula Klein have coordinated the Celebration.  


The final offerings in Texas A&M International University’s month-long “Cervantes & Shakepeare@400”Celebration are being presented. The Celebration focuses on the two literary giants whose works have inspired generations of readers from the 16th Century on.

The remaining Celebration schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 20, “Cervantes at 400” with Texas A&M University Emeritus Professor, Dr. Eduardo Urbina, 3 and 6 p.m. (at TAMIU and the Laredo Public Library, 1120 E. Calton Road, respectively).

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Don Quixote free screening at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Event organizers Dr. Ula E. Klein, TAMIU assistant professor of English, and Dr. Lola Norris, TAMIU assistant professor of Spanish, College of Arts and Sciences, department of Humanities, said the first-ever event attests to the lasting impact of both writers.

“This year marks the 400th Anniversary of the passing of Spain’s Miguel de Cervantes and England’s William Shakespeare. Both inspired generations of readers… and so we pay homage to the creative spirit of these writers whose works encapsulate the joys, the challenges, and the determination of the human spirit. We’ve invited our students and the entire community to join us on a journey of literary exploration through the minds of two of our world’s greatest authors,” Dr. Klein said.

The month-long “Cervantes & Shakepeare@400” Celebration, also part of the  “Voces” Hispanic Heritage Month, has included performances of Shakespeare’s plays, readings from Don Quixote, free film screenings, and renowned Cervantes scholar Dr. Eduardo Urbina’s Thursday lecture on the lasting impact of Cervantes’s novel.

Throughout the month, a Texas Humanities-sponsored Shakespeare Exhibit has been on display in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, north entrance, first floor.  The panel exhibits draws primarily from print resources of the Harry Ransom Center and production photographs of the Department of Theater and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.

In addition, the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library’s Special Collections has hosted the month-long exhibit, “Cervantes @ the Archive,” in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room, located on the second floor of the Library, room 203.

TAMIU students have also had a chance to participate in a poetry contest for the best student-penned Shakespearean-style sonnet and the best Calavera-style poem. The deadline for the Poetry Contest has been extended to Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email, click on or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.  Information can also be found on the University's social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Hear an interview with Drs. Norris and Klein via TAMIU's Podcast.

Dr. Lola Norris and Dr. Ula Klein promoting the Cervanes and Shakespeare at 400 Festival

Dr. Lola Norris (left) and Dr. Ula Klein (right) have coordinated this first-ever celebration.