October 6, 2021
Anaheim Public Library: Central Library
500 W Broadway
Anaheim, CA 92805
NEA Big Read: Gender and Political Resistance in the Struggle Against the Trujillo Dictatorship at Central
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
In this presentation, Dr. Maythee Rojas, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach, highlights the impact that the dictatorship had on women and how the Mirabal sisters emerged as leading figures in the country’s political activism even as it ultimately resulted in their demise. Drawing on visual imagery, storytelling, and recent scholarship, Dr. Rojas illustrates how Julia Alvarez’s novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, richly traces the Mirabal sisters’ bravery and determination to see their country set free.