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Program at Western to celebrate 400 years of "Don Quixote" this Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

September 16, 2015

The novel
The novel "Don Quixote" served as the inspiration for the phrase "tilting at windmills."

ROCK SPRINGS – The Western Wyoming Community College Spanish Department will host a celebration of one of the greatest literary works of all time on Tuesday, Sept. 22, when CSU Long Beach Professor of Spanish Bonnie Gasior, Ph.D. delivers a special presentation on "The Top 10 Reasons to Read Don Quixote" at 7 p.m. in Room 1309. 

This year marks the 400th anniversary of author Miguel de Cervantes's completion of his epic tale about a middle-aged Spanish gentleman whose fascination with medieval tales of chivalry and romance leads him to reinvent himself as a knight-errant named Don Quixote who embarks on adventures to defeat villainy in the world, be it real or imagined. The lengthy novel, which Cervantes wrote in two parts, is considered by many scholars to be the first modern novel, and its influence on literature and popular culture remains strong today. 

Even for avid book-lovers, Don Quixote can be an intimidating read. It took Cervantes a decade just to finish the novel after publishing the first part in 1605. But Prof. Gasior, who received her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Purdue University in 2001 and joined the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at California State University, Long Beach that same year, will discuss the novel's meaning and lasting influence in literature and the broader culture, and will share some good reasons for adding it to your must-read list.  

While in Rock Springs, Prof. Gasior will appear on the Mustang Morning Show, airing on the campus's radio station at 91.3 FM, on Monday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. The show can be streamed live at She also will visit with several classes of Spanish and literature students Monday and Tuesday, and will deliver a guest lecture in a Women in Literature class on Monday at 11:30 a.m. 

On Tuesday at noon, Prof. Gasior will enjoy lunch with members of Western's Spanish Club. Her 7 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public.  

Prof. Gasior holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from St. Joseph's University and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from Purdue. Her research focuses on Spanish and Colonial Latin American women writers as well as the perception of women in texts authored by men in the 16th and 17th centuries. Prof. Gasior formerly served as President of GEMELA, an organization dedicated to the study of the cultural production of women from 1400-1800 in Spain, Spanish-America and Portugal, and she also served on the Board of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater for more than a decade. She has published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Society, and Hispanic Issues Online, among many others, and has co-edited a book with Bucknell UP titled Crosscurrents: Transatlantic Perspectives on Early Modern Hispanic Drama. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays titled Making Sense of the Senses in Comedia Studies

Prof. Gasior's visit and "The Top 10 Reasons to Read Don Quixote" are sponsored by the Wesswick Foundation and the Western Wyoming Community College Spanish Department. For more information, contact WWCC Associate Professor of Spanish Jim Gustafson at 


For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181