This fall, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts is participating for the ninth time in The Big Read, with the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.  A faculty lecture series will be part of the celebration, and the second lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at 1 p.m., with guest lecturer Dr. LeeAnn Westman, Associate Teaching Professor of Gender Studies.  Dr. Westman will present, “Butterflies in Pants: How the Mirabel Sisters Challenge Gender Roles,” which will focus on cultural relativism and gendered violence.  A specialist in American literature and culture, Dr. Westman teaches courses on Contemporary Gender Issues, Women and the Arts, and Sexual Identity and American Popular Culture. She is co-editor of the scholarly journal Interdisciplinary Humanities.

This free event will take place in the South BC Conference Room in the Campus Center. 

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  RCCA arts education programs are made possible in part with generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge FoundationNew Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Subaru of America Foundation, and other generous supporters.