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Monroeville Public Library is proud to participate in the 2019 One College, One Community Reads! program sponsored by the Community College of Allegheny County. This year we’re reading Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies. Set in the Dominican Republic and based on a true story, Alvarez’s novel recounts how the Mirabal sisters came to political awareness under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Now dead, the three sisters are known as the “butterflies” and are martyrs and national heroes. In 1994, their surviving sister Dedé Mirabal talks to an interviewer about her sisters, telling their story from 1943 to 1960, when they were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.
As we address the themes and issues of In the Time of the Butterflies, MPL welcomes Dr. Michel Gobat, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, for a presentation and discussion about twentieth-century U.S. interventions into the internal politics of the Dominican Republic, and their impact on the society of that nation. Whether you’ve read the book or just want to learn more about the history of Latin America, please join us!
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