Acclaimed Author, Julia Alvarez, a Guest at USD

The University of San Diego will host Julia Alvarez, the acclaimed author of "In the Time of Butterflies" and many other literary works, on November 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater.

“An Evening with Julia Alvarez” will begin with Alvarez taking audience members on a journey through stories of her own life and those through her characters. Eveoke Dance Theater has created “Las Mariposas,” a dance theater production inspired by "In the Time of Butterflies." There will be a book signing and dessert reception after the talk and performance and books will be available for purchase.

"In the Time of Butterflies" is a historical fiction novel relating the personal accounts of the Mirabal sisters during the time of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Three of these sisters, known as the “butterflies,” were members of the underground plot to oust the dictator and were assassinated on his orders. The sister who lived chose to share her sisters’ stories of courage, conviction and compassion.

Part of International Education Week 2010, an overriding theme of the evening will be the issue of social justice for all, whether it is achieved through storytelling, dance, activism, education or sustainable farming.

This event is open to the public and to the press but reservations are required by November 5, 2010 to Catherine Kineavy at

WHO: Julia Alvarez, the acclaimed author of "In the Time of Butterflies" and many other literary works

WHAT: Julie will take participants on a journey told through stories and Eveoke Dance Theater will perform a dance theatre production inspired by Alvarez’s "In the Time of Butterflies" with a book signing and dessert reception to follow.

WHERE: University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA

WHEN: Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7 p.m.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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