Hiram College

Big Read Events: September 17-October 28, 2015

Click on the name of each location to see its address and directions.

Thursday, Sept. 17, Noon-1 p.m.
Big Read Kickoff: Ethics Teach-in on Borders
Dining Hall, Hiram College

Join Hiram College faculty and staff members over lunch for informal and invigorating discussions of issues related to the themes of “Into the Beautiful North” and the college’s yearlong ethics topic of borders. Discussions are free of charge, but the all-you-can-eat lunch is $6.00 for non-Hiram attendees. The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.”

Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 17 during library hours
Mexican Art Exhibit
First Floor Display Case, Kent Free Library

Enjoy a Mexican feast for your eyes. Kent resident Amy Strainer will share her collection of Mexican art and folk crafts.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Western Reserve Book Festival
Kennedy Center, Hiram College

The first 50 attendees at the second annual Western Reserve Book Festival will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.” Attend informal discussions of the novel’s themes and border issues with Hiram College faculty members, listen to author readings and get the opportunity to meet more than 40 Northeast Ohio authors from every imaginable genre at individual author tables.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4:30-8 p.m.
Latino Food and Culture
Dining Hall, Hiram College

Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat Mexican-themed meal and learn about the art, music, history and food of multiple Latino cultures from members of LUNA, Hiram’s Latino student organization. Cost of dinner is $8.25 for non-Hiram guests. The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.”

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Authors’ Discussion: “The Life of a Migrant Community”
Second Floor Meeting Room, Kent Free Library

David Hassler, director of the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center, and Gary Harwood, KSU journalism instructor and photographer, will discuss “Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community,” their book about Mexican and Mexican-American migrants who work the farms in Hartville, Ohio.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 12:30-2 p.m.
Lunch and Learn Session: “Into the Beautiful North” and Ethics Theme of Borders
Glass bridge, Second floor, Hinsdale Hall, Hiram College

Join Hiram College faculty and staff members for brown-bag lunch discussions of issues related to the themes of “Into the Beautiful North” and Hiram College’s yearlong ethics topic of borders. The first 15 attendees will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.”

Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
“El Norte” Film Viewing
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall, Hiram College

Many consider “El Norte” the definitive film representation of the immigrant experience in the U.S. Come watch and discuss this influential film. Nominated for an Academy Award for screenwriting, it tells the story of a brother and sister who flee a massacre in Guatemala and try to start a new life as undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles. The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of Into the Beautiful North.

Sunday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.
HOLA Folkloric Dancers Performance
Kent Free Library

Enjoy a colorful performance of Mexican regional dances by the HOLA Folkloric Dancers of Painesville, Ohio. Under the creative direction of Salome, the troupe of children and adult dancers has developed a repertoire that reflects the vast diversity within Mexican culture. No registration is required; however because space is limited, audience members must pick up a pass at the 2nd floor information desk beginning 30 minutes before the event.

Monday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Second Floor Meeting Room, Kent Free Library

Discuss “Into the Beautiful North” with other readers in a comfortable book-club setting. Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Film Viewing
Reed Memorial Library

Come see the 1960 classic Western starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen that inspired Nayeli in “Into the Beautiful North” to make her trek across the border into the United States. The first 10 attendees will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.”

Monday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 10
Children’s Mexican Folk-Art Craft
Pierce Streetsboro Library

Children can create their own Mexican-style folk art craft to take home with them any time during the library’s regular hours.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Pierce Streetsboro Library

The staff of Pierce-Streetsboro Library will host a rousing discussion of “Into the Beautiful North.” Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Reed Memorial Library

Join Reed Memorial Library staff for an enjoyable discussion of “Into the Beautiful North.” Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library.

Friday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
Reading and Presentation by Author Luis Alberto Urrea
Main Classroom Auditorium, Cleveland State University

Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of “Into the Beautiful North,” will be speaking at Cleveland State University as part of its Crossing Over Symposium. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Room 206, Hinsdale Hall, Hiram College

Discuss “Into the Beautiful North” with Hiram College faculty members in an informal setting.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
“Timbuktu” Film Viewing
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall, Hiram College

“Timbuktu” was nominated for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards and competed for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. View and discuss this powerful 2014 film about the border between cultures within a single community. It tells the story of a cattle herder whose life is turned upside down when his city is taken over by Islamic extremists.

Monday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Reading and Presentation by Poet Eugene Gloria
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall, Hiram College

Eugene Gloria will read and discuss his accessible and moving poetry. His 2012 poetry collection “My Favorite Warlord” won the Cleveland-based Anisfield-Wolf Award, which recognizes works of literature that contribute to our understanding of diversity and race. His work will make a unique contribution to the themes of borders and identity explored by the Big Read.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Garrettsville Library

The staff of the Garrettsville Library will lead a rousing discussion of “Into the Beautiful North.” Those interested in participating can pick up a copy of the book at the library beginning Sept. 16.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Mexican Crafts and Activities for Families
Reed Memorial Library

Families can decorate cookies to look like tiles, using colors and designs from Mexico; play with a piñata; and enjoy Mexican hot chocolate. The first 10 attendees will receive a free copy of “Into the Beautiful North.” Registration is required; call 330.296.2827 ext. 200.

Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.
Ethics, Immigration and Borders: A Panel Presentation
Koritansky Hall, Hiram College

Associate Professor of History Adriana Novoa (University of South Florida, Tampa) and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Andrea Pitts (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) discuss the hot topic of immigration and answer pointed questions from attendees.

NEW DATE! Monday, October 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Mexican Folk-Art Crafting Session
Garrettsville Library

Make a Mexican-style tin-can lantern in this “make and take” craft session. Registration is required; call 330.527.4378.

NEW DATE! Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.
“Into the Beautiful North” Book Discussion
Aurora Memorial Library

The library’s Adult Book Discussion Group will gather for an engaging discussion on “Into the Beautiful North” that is open to all. Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:15 p.m.
Book Discussion and Big Read Retrospective
Pritchard Room, Hiram College Library, Hiram College

Join Hiram College faculty members for a lively discussion of “Into the Beautiful North” and a retrospective of the highlights of a month and a half of Big Read events across the community.