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NEA Big Read: Film Adaptation Screening and Discussion

Led by Prof. Rini Bhattacharya Mehta
Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

This film adaptation screening and discussion is part of the NEA Big Read community reading program. Our book is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Other Big Read events across Champaign-Urbana and campus include book discussions, films, concerts, hands-on activities, and a fashion show. The complete schedule of events is online on our blog. Share and follow social media posts about Big Read events with the hashtag #BigReadCU. NEA Big Read (external link) is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest (external link). Some Big Read events are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.


For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at or (217) 265-5485

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.