| Our image of Don Quixote
is often that created by Gustave Doré
23 April is celebrated
as the International Day of the Book. Selected to commemorate
the date on which two of the world’s greatest writers --Miguel
de Cervantes Saavedra and William Shakespeare-- died in 1616,
this day is marked in many Hispanic cities by public readings
of Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quijote de la Mancha. In collaboration
with Bethlehem’s Touchstone Theater, Muhlenberg will be
hosting a marathon reading of Don Quijote from 22 to 23 April.
The reading at Muhlenberg College will be accompanied by prints
made from a rare set of Don Quixote engravings by William Strang
(1902), part of the Martin Art Gallery’s Tonner Collection.
Other events scheduled throughout the year to celebrate the 400th
anniversary of the first half of Don Quijote include community
reading circles and a conference held at Touchstone Theater with
students in Dr. Sutherland’s fall Cervantes seminar. Creating
yet another bridge between Muhlenberg and our surrounding community,
neighboring universities, and local cultural organizations, these
events have been designed to bring Don Quixote to life again.