Why Does Don Quixote Matter Today?

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/23/2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location
4010 JFSB

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This week’s Guide to the Classics series: Why We Read Don Quixote

Considered to be one of the most important books of all time and often cited as the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a book about books. The novel’s eponymous hero has become a multi-dimensional archetype, a figure symbolizing ago-old tensions between idealism and materialism, the place of art in society, the meaning of life and death. Yet, what case can be made for the cultural relevance of Don Quixote today? This weeks’ colloquium speaker, Prof. Dale Pratt, frames the question differently: What do Saoirse Ronan, the Battle of Lepanto, Buzz Lightyear, Dostoevsky, Will Farrell, R2D2, and the saying “the pot calling the kettle black” have in common? Come find out as we play Six Steps to Don Quixote at the Humanities Center Colloquium this week, Thursday, Jan. 23rd @ 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB.

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