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The Center @ MDC Celebrates Decade of Fostering the Literary Arts

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Miami, February 28, 2012 - This year, The Center @ Miami Dade College (MDC) celebrates its 10th anniversary of serving South Florida with fresh, multi-faceted literary and theater programs, including the popular Miami Book Fair International, widely regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the nation.

“I am extremely proud of all we’ve accomplished in the past 10 years,” said The Center’s Executive Director Alina Interian. "When I dreamed of a literary center, this is exactly what I had in mind. We begin the next 10 years with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theatre arts."

In honor of this important milestone, there will be an array of exciting events throughout the year. In addition, The Center recently announced the establishment of the Paz Prize for Poetry, in collaboration with The National Poetry Series.         

Upcoming events for The Center @ MDC’s 10th anniversary: 

The Vagina Monologues

Wednesday, Mar. 14, at 8 p.m.

MDC Wolfson Campus, Prometeo Theater

Tickets: $20

The Center @ MDC, MDC’s Center for Community Involvement and Student Life departments co-present a special  production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues to highlight V-Day’s Spotlight Campaign supporting women and girls of Haiti. The event will raise funds and awareness to stop violence toward women and girls by supporting both local and international efforts. All of the proceeds will go to Victim Response, Inc.-The Lodge, which provides provision of services both directly and indirectly to victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and other crimes. This production is under the direction of Joann María Yarrow, director of the Center's Prometeo Theatre.

Additional performances Thursday, Mar. 22, at MDC Kendall Campus and Thursday, Mar. 29 at MDC North Campus.

The Big Read - The Belle of Amherst

Thursday, Apr. 5, at 7 p.m.

MDC Wolfson Campus – Auditorium


Celebrated for her intense and sensitive portrayal of Emily Dickinson, Barbara Dana brings to life the iconic American poet in an unforgettable one-woman performance of The Belle of Amherst.

Madeleine Albright on Prague Winter:

A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Monday, Apr. 30, at 8 p.m.

MDC Wolfson Campus – Auditorium


Co-presented with Books & Books, Albright will discuss her new book. She served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, the first woman ever to hold the position. Her distinguished career in government includes positions in the National Security Council, on Capitol Hill, and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Colloquium: The Future of the Spanish Language

Thursday, May 31, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

MDC Wolfson Campus - Freedom Tower


Experts will discuss the current use of Spanish from a cultural perspective, as well as its immediate and long-range impact on global business and the economy, new technologies, and the growth of worldwide communications. Presentation will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English.

The State of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature Today

June 2012


GLBT authors from all over the country will converge at The Center for a forum organized in partnership with the venerable Lambda Literary Awards.

Installation on Miami Beach

August 2012


The Center plans an installation on Miami Beach to include ten six-foot tall bookcases filled with books and set up on the sand in an “S” pattern. Beachgoers will be invited to choose and keep one book, bearing The Center’s logo, in commemoration of its 10th anniversary.    

The Center for Literature and Theater @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. The Center produces the annual Miami Book Fair International, regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its 10th year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.


Check The Center @ MDC site regularly for updates and more details at


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