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UT Austin marathon reading of Don Quijote celebrates 450th anniversary of Cervantes

Don Quijote was determined to defeat a windmill. We all know how that turned out.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Don Quijote was determined to defeat a windmill. We all know how that turned out.

In commemoration of the 450th anniversary of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saaevdra, and perhaps in the spirit of Don Quijote’s determination, a professor and his freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin on Nov. 3 will hold a marathon public reading of Don Quijote, rain or shine, on the University campus.

Dr. Cory A. Reed, associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, said the readings are sponsored by his Humanities 305 Freshman Seminar class. UT administrators, celebrities from the local media, booksellers and local authors begin with part one of Don Quijote at 9 a.m. in the Knopf Room on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center. At 11 a.m., the reading event will be moved outside to the rally area on the West Mall, where a more spontaneous reading can continue. In the event of rain, the readers will not attempt to battle the forces of Nature, but instead will continue the readings in the Knopf Room.

“Each reader takes up where the last one left off, and is allowed approximately five minutes to read in either Spanish or English,” said Reed. “The event should prove to be an enjoyable activity for all involved.”

For additional information, contact Reed at (512) 471-4936.