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MDC’s The Koubek Center was at the Center of Culture During World Book Day

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Dr. Rolando Montoya, MDC Provost

Miami, April 25, 2013 - Miami Dade College ’s historic Koubek Center was immersed in Spanish culture recently, as it celebrated World Book Day with an uninterrupted reading of the literary masterpiece, Don Quixote. Dozens of distinguished members of Miami’s leadership read aloud.

The read-along marathon – in conjunction with the Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid – included simultaneous renderings of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s work in 30 international cities. The 12-hour event kicked off with Alina Interian, executive director of The Center for Literature and Theatre at MDC, and the event’s coordinator, Arturo Morell. Other distinguished readers included Dr. Rolando Montoya, MDC’s Provost, and the Consul Generals of Peru, Argentina, and Spain, in Miami. Journalists, artists, and other cultural leaders took their turn reading from the 17th Century novel.

Videos and pictures streamlined the renderings of the classic tale from different international forums, including a live connection with Madrid. The Circulo de Bellas Artes also communicated via telephone and videoconferences with 30 cities around the world, including San Juan (Puerto Rico), Asuncion (Paraguay), Mexico City, Lima (Peru), Santa Ana (El Salvador ), Sydney (Australia), Beijing (China), Amman (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon), New York, Boston (USA), Pretoria (South Africa), Palermo (Sicily), Helsinki (Finland), and other cities across Spain.

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