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Events Mon Mar 30 2009

Event Spotlight: Big Read Kick-Off @ Columbia College

This April, Columbia College is joining the National Endowment for the Arts in their Big Read literacy endeavor. If you haven't heard of it before, the Big Read is an initiative "designed to restore reading to the center of American culture...[providing] citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities." On Thursday, Columbia celebrates Chicago's particiation in the endeavor with their Big Read selection -- local author Ray Bradbury's seminal work on censorship and intellectual freedom, Fahrenheit 451. The event will feature a documentary about Bradbury's works and librarian, teacher and literacy advocate Esme Raji Codell will serve as the keynote speaker. Haven't read the book before? Come to the reception where copies of the book in English and in Spanish will be passed out. Free and open to the public, 6pm-8pm, at 1104 S. Wabash in Columbia College's Film Row Center, 8th floor. For questions, email Kim Hale at khale[at]colum[dot]edu. And be sure to check our events sidebar for upcoming Big Read events throughout the month.

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