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University News | 01.23.23

What it means to resist oppression: Common Book Program sets discussions for ‘In the Time of the Butterflies’

Adler University students, faculty, and staff from all campuses are invited to discuss this year’s Common Book Program selection, In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, during two virtual events on Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.

Cover of In the Time of the ButterfliesThe identical but separate discussions, to be led by members of the Common Book Committee, will be held during the Common Hour at both the Chicago and Vancouver campuses.

Those who watch the 2001 movie based on the book can also participate. The film, also titled In the Time of the Butterflies and available through the Library, stars Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony, and Edward James Olmos.

Register for the Chicago Campus Common Hour event, which will be held on Feb. 8 from noon-1 p.m. CT; register for the Vancouver Campus Common Hour event, set for Feb. 15 from noon-1 p.m. PT.

Based on the resistance of the Mirabel sisters to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic during the 1950s and 1960s, the committee — which is made up of students, faculty, and staff — chose this work of historical fiction because it examines what it means to resist oppression.

Visit the Common Book Program web page to access the book, which is available to students, faculty, and staff. The movie based on the book is also available until the end of the academic year. In addition, the Common Book Program included a link to an interview with the author and a reader’s guide to In the Time of the Butterflies.

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