Meredith College hosted the final day of a weeklong marathon reading of the Spanish novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" on Friday, April 22. Don Quixote is widely considered the greatest novel ever written.
The event commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of renowned Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Other host institutions included the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Monday, 4/18); Lenoir-Rhyne University and Gardner-Webb University (Tuesday, 4/19); Queens University of Charlotte (Wednesday, 4/20); Elon University and Duke University (Thursday, 4/21); and North Carolina State University (Friday, 4/22). Students, faculty, staff, and community members, both young and old, participated in the historic event.
"The event was a great success," said Jonathan Wade, associate professor of Spanish. "More than 100 different readers participated at Meredith on Friday, including community members and students from two local high schools and nearby colleges and universities. Several of our faculty, staff, and administrators also read, including President Allen, Vice President Jackson, Dean Walton, and Dean Gleason."
Altogether, the week-long marathon featured more than 500 participants across seven colleges and universities reading in 18 different languages.
"We had the privilege of hosting the final day, so it was special to finish the novel at Meredith after ten straight hours of reading," Wade said. "This was not only the final day of the reading marathon, but also the final event of what has been a seven-month-long festival dedicated to celebrating four centuries of Don Quixote and its author, Miguel de Cervantes."