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2012 Spring Humanities Series: Project Read!

April 1 - 25, 2012

Pre-discussion Group: The Dalles Public Library: April 17, 7 - 8 pm
Meet Dr. Jiménez:
April 25, 7 - 8:30 pm
Questions: Call (541) 506-6047

About the Event

Join Columbia Gorge Community College, Gorge Literacy and the Friends of The Dalles—Wasco County Public Library in a community-wide shared reading experience. Between now and April 25th, read Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez. Books available at your college and local libraries.

Reaching Out, the third book in the Jiménez memoir trilogy, follows the author’s journey from high school through college. Leaving his home in Bonetti Ranch, a migrant community of dilapidated army barracks with no indoor plumbing or drinkable water, he sets off for college. He leaves behind a family struggling to pay for food and rent and a desperate broken father. Carrying memories of years of poverty and prejudice with him, he enters a world different from his own, and one in which he struggles not only with self-doubt about succeeding academically but also with finding work to send enough money home.

Yet as he types other student's papers in exchange for clothing, as he studies hard, as he meets with unexpected kindness, he uses those very memories of struggle and his family's values to see his way forward.

2012 Spring Humanities Series

This program is part of the 2012 Spring Humanities Series, "Voices Less Heard" presented by Columbia Gorge Community College and Gorge Literacy.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant programs. Additional support provided by a grant from the Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition with funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support Oregon’s arts, heritage, and the humanities.

Local support provided by: CGCC Foundation, Friends of The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library, C.H. Urness Motor Co., Griffith Motors, Les Schwab Tire Center, NW Natural, Orchard View Farms, & Ray Schultens Motors