Literary Group Expands Understanding of Different Cultures

The International House at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is again offering its International Literary Colloquy, a free book discussion group for faculty, staff and students.

The group, which meets three times throughout the semester, will be discussing Mexican and Chicano cultures.

This semester’s discussions will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Applicants should choose the day they prefer.

The discussions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 6 or 7, March 5 or 6 and April 9 or 10.

“The International Literary Colloquy is a great opportunity to learn about a culture by reading about the culture in English,” said Lee Rhea, assistant director of the Center for International Education.

The books that are selected are from a specific culture, and each discussion group is led by a facilitator who has specific experience with that culture. A free, cultural lunch also will be served. The books are provided free of charge to the participants and may be kept.

The current books include “Bless Me Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, “Pedro Paramo” by Juan Rulfo and “The Underdogs” by Mariano Azuela.

The International Literary Colloquy is part of Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative.

Applications for the colloquy are available at http://web.utk.edu/%7Eihouse/documents/colloquy-app-2008.pdf.

The deadline has been extended to Jan. 31.
E-mail completed applications to Rhea at rhea@utk.edu or turn them in at the International House front desk.

For more information, visit http://web.utk.edu/~ihouse/ or call 974-4453.


Contacts:

Leah Rhea, Center for International Education, 974-4453, rhea@utk.edu

Amy Blakely, media relations, 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu

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