The selection for this semester's Social Justice Book Discussion is In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The novel tells the story of the three Mirabal sisters who come of age in the Dominican Republic under the oppressive Trujillo dictatorship. Butterflies was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994. The Jewell Theatre Company will be performing the play adapted from this novel. The first 20 individuals to sign up for the first discussion will receive a free copy. For this discussion, we will consider the historical events depicted in the novel and the potential impact they have on our current political climate, the nature of dictatorship and the methods it uses to impede social justice, and how race, gender, and social class affected the Mirabal sisters' struggle. As always, it is not necessary to have read the selection in order to attend and participate in the discussion. The first discussion will pertain to Parts I & II and the second discussion will focus on Part III and the Epilogue. Both discussions will be held in PLC 110, at 10:15.


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