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Moravian College to Celebrate Don Quixote with Movie Series and Lecture

Bethlehem, Pa., September 27, 2005—Moravian College will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’ s picaresque novel, Don Quixote, with a three-week long film series followed by a lecture titled Windmills of Fame, Chariots of Perdition: The Equivocal Defeats of Cervantes and Don Quixote by Dr. Frederick A. De Armas. The film series will be shown on Saturday, October 1 , 15, and 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Refreshments will be offered after each occasion. The lecture will take place on November 3 at 7:30 pm., in Prosser Auditorium. The Haupert Union Building is located at the corner of Monocacy and Laurel Streets in Bethlehem. Both the film series and the lecture are free and open to the public.

The Moravian College Spanish Club is sponsoring the movie series showing a new segment of El Quijote each week. The film was originally produced in 1990 as a miniseries in Spanish by Radiotele-visión Española. Moravian will feature it in Spanish with English subtitles. El Quijote is considered the most faithful adaptation of the Don Quixote story on screen. The late Spanish acting legend Fernando Rey stars as the title character. Rey is best known in the United States as a lead character in The French Connection. Also involved in the production were scriptwriter and 1989 Nobel laureate for Literature Camilo José Cela; international award-winning director Miguel Gutérrez Aragón; and award-winning actor Alfredo Landa, as Sancho Panza.

De Armas is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Humanities at the University of Chicago and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. His lecture is sponsored by The Arts and Lectures Committee of Moravian College, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges and the Foreign Language Department at Moravian College. De Armas’ specialty is the Golden Age of Spanish Literature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of Cervantes, Raphael and the Classics and Writing for the Eyes in the Spanish Golden Age.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.