Big Read looks at immigrant experience

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CSI Media staff | November 13, 2015

What is it?
Young Auditorium is a participant in the seventh Big Read project, serving community members in Rock, Walworth and Jefferson counties. The National Endowment for the Arts sponsors this community reading project, designed to broaden the understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

This year, the event features Willa Cather's novel “My Ántonia,”  a classic novel of the American immigrant experience. Early American life will be a central theme in all of Young Auditorium's Big Read events, and the project will include opportunities for all ages to participate in activities taking place through Dec. 4.

More information:
For more information, visit NEAbigRead.org and join the Big Read event on Young Auditorium's Facebook page to receive updates.

Nov. 19
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor Susan Huss-Lederman will present “Letters From Emigrants” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, 262-249-5299.

Her program will highlight the German immigrant experience as described in letters from Wisconsin to the Old Country. Her talk will include letters that 19th century German immigrants wrote from the U.S. to family in Germany to explain life in their new country.

Through Dec. 4
“Women, Words, and Wisdom: Fort Atkinson Women Authors,” exhibit, Hoard Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, 920-563-7769, HoardMuseum.org Learn about local women authors and take part in the creative process by participating in collective word craft.

Nov. 28
A showing of “The Road is All,” the PBS documentary on Willa Cather, the author of “My Antonia” will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at The Hoard Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, 920-563-7769, HoardMuseum.org

Nov. 30
“The Timeless Value of the Works of Willa Cather,” lecture by Dr. Guy Reynolds, director of The Cather Project Nov. 30 at Fairhaven Senior Center, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater.

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