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Eastern’s Big Read, Oct. 7–Dec. 3, 2020

Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urrea

Eastern’s Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the University’s First-Year Program to celebrate “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, this year’s selection of the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read program. Eastern presents the Big Read in partnership with the Willimantic Public Library, The Hispanic Alliance of Southern Connecticut, the city of New London and other community stakeholders. The Big Read program is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.

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“Looking at Trump’s ‘Beautiful Wall’” March 3, 2018; New York Times

Luis Alberto Urrea

"Who was free, and who was the prisoner? Who is the other? Americans are dreamers too. Here’s my dream: There is no them, there is only us."

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May 17, 2019; Kern’s Truth Act Forum

Jose Bello

"Dear America, our administration has failed. They passed laws against our people, took away our rights and our freedom, and still expect to be hailed? Chales! Well I am here to let you know, we want to feel safe, whether we’re Brown, Asian or Black. We don’t want your jobs. We don’t want your money. We’re here to work hard, pay taxes and study!"

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questions for my body

Dante Migone Ojeda

"Whether the [body] is close to the border, whether the [body] is on a known smuggling route..." - Eduardo C. Corral, Song of the Open Road, from Guillotine, 2020

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United States, 2016

Paola González & Karla Gutiérrez

"He says, 'A nation without a wall is not a nation.' As he envisions it spread across 55 feet of cold concrete smeared in hues of red, white, and blue, because spending $14.4 billion on border enforcement is not enough. Having thermal sensors that detect the heat coming off panting figures is not enough. Shooting hollow point bullets expanding at the impact of human flesh is not enough."

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"How We Could Have Lived or Died This Way", 2018

Martín Espada

"I see the rebels marching, hands upraised before the riot squads, faces in bandannas against the tear gas, and I walk beside them unseen."

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La Migración, 2018 Jacquard woven tapestry, shisha hand embroidery, metal sequins

Natalia Nakazawa

"...sees everything longing beyond our borders immobility the bloody flags..."

Photo credit: Tanya Aguiñiga, Grapple, 2018; courtesy of artist and AMBOS Project

Grapple

anya Aguiñiga about her performance Grapple "My impotent and shaky grip attempt to take ownership of this physical and emotional space. The border fence, especially this particular stretch of fence, has haunted my memories, as it was absent most of my childhood and left a marked scar on my small town of Playas de Tijuana when it was installed. The fence is a permanent reminder that we are not wanted, that we are less than, that we are what gets filtered out. It is a stigma we invisibly carry the rest of our lives, as we find our place in the world navigating the liminal."

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Managed by Arts Midwest arts.gov/neabigread

For more information, contact Yulia Tukhonova, coordinator of the Art Gallery and Museum Services, at tikhonovay@easternct.edu or (860) 465-4625.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.

CT Humanities

Eastern NEA Big Read programs have been supported by CT Humanities Quick Grant.

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.