WHO: Victoria Mora, Dean, St. John’s College
WHAT: Fall 2008 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series, St. John’s College
TITLE: “‘Con buen hambre no hay mal pan’: Why We Should Thank Cervantes for Allowing Us to Make the Acquaintance of the Famous Sancho Panza”
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Friday, August 29, 8 p.m.
DETAILS: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s College Switchboard)
In his Prologue to Don Quixote, Cervantes begins by calling our attention to our status as idle readers and ends by summoning our thanks for his having allowed us to make the acquaintance of Sancho Panza, in whom he has summarized “all the squirely wit and charm scattered throughout the great mass of inane books of chivalry.” Why should we as readers, and idle ones at that, be grateful for having met the illiterate Sancho Panza, whose origins are both humble and pointless?