The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Collections & Archives will sponsor an NEA Big Read of Into the Beautiful North.The program will run from Tuesday, September 19, to Friday, November 3, and feature presentations, book discussions, film screenings, and related arts programming.
The university chose the novel, Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urea in order to encourage dialogue on the Mexican heritage experience. Facilitators will introduce contextual topics such as a history of Hispanic civil rights in Little Rock. The program will coincide with local events celebrating Mexican Independence Day on September 16.
The NEA Big Read Program, in partnership with Arts Midwest, encourages communities to engage in reading programs and events that broaden their understanding of the world and region. Ottenheimer Library, a unit of the Collections & Archives Division, is the only library in Arkansas to receive the grant to date.
Ottenheimer Library is partnering with the Central Arkansas Library System, UA-Pulaski Technical College, the Little Rock School District, the Mexican Consulate of Little Rock, the Clinton Presidential Center, and El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center.
The UA Little Rock departments of world languages, music, English, history, and sociology as well as KLRE/KUAR will also contribute to the program.