October 16, 2019 / Modified oct 17, 2019 9:09 a.m.

Sandra Cisneros on being an "extroverted introvert."

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How the Prison Education Project offers inmates a chance to learn about the universe.

Prison Education Project1 Inmates at Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson attending an astronomy lecture October 11, 2019, through the University of Arizona’s Prison Education Project.
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Sandra Cisneros on being an "extroverted introvert."

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Featured on the October 17th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

- The University of Arizona has developed a prison education project designed to foster inmates’ curiosity and improve their literacy.  Emma Gibson talks with Celeste O'Brien, one of the projects’s organizers, and Professor Edward Prather about the lecture series. Then, Gibson takes us to the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson to listen in on an astronomy lecture by Prather. O'Brien says the Prison Education Project is always looking for more volunteer lecturers.

Prison Education Project3 Edward Prather, an astronomy professor at University of Arizona, teaching as a volunteer lecturer with the Prison Education Project October 11, 2019.
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  • And, Sandra Cisneros has been regarded as one of America’s most important Latinx authors since her first novel The House on Mango Street was published in 1983. She talks with Mark about adapting that book as for the musical stage, and the things in life that she views as fundamental to freedom and piece-of-mind in difficult times.

The College of Humanities and the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona present Sandra Cisneros, in the Grand Ballroom at the UA Memorial Student Union on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 pm. She will read from her latest book Puro Amor, followed by a Q & A session and book signing. You can register for this free event at humanitiesfestival.arizona.edu

sandra cisneros hero Author, poet and essayist Sandra Cisneros.
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