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How to Apply for the NEA Big Read
Join a webinar all about applying for a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant. Hear from a moderated panel that will explore various topics you might consider as you build your application, and hear from four previous grantee organizations.

Can't make this webinar but still want to tune in? RSVP anyways, and a recording will be sent to you within 48 hours.

Oct 27, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Sylvia M. Casillas Olivieri, Ph.D.
Catedrática Auxiliar @Universidad Ana G. Mendez
Sylvia M. Casillas-Olivieri is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Language Department at Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM), Gurabo campus. For 12 years, she was the Director of the Reading and Writing Center of that institution. She has written two NEA Big Read proposals and has directed both projects. The first one centered on the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez and the second on the novel Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. She has also been a reading discussion facilitator for six years in the People and Stories Puerto Rico program, which is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to her academic work at UAGM, Dr. Casillas works as an editor and translator, and is a member of the editorial board of Luscinia C.E., a publishing house based in Puerto Rico.
Matthew David
Learning Experiences Manager @Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library
Matthew David is the Learning Experiences Manager for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, which is part of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC). He has been involved in four NEA Big Read projects has been working in libraries since 1998. He holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). He is the proud husband and father to a family of readers.
Da'Tarvia Parrish, Ph.D.
Professor @Livingstone College
Since 2005, Dr. Parrish has served as a professor of Humanities, English, and History at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She developed the Honors Program at Livingstone College and serves in the department of English. Her teaching areas include African American history and literature and Southern history and literature with an emphasis on issues of race and gender. Her research interests are interdisciplinary: geography and African American writers; photography and Southern women; film and historical fiction; visual culture and the Black Church; civil rights law and narrative fiction. Active in the Humanities and invested in the community, Dr. Parrish has lectured and facilitated a variety of workshops to include; Religion in Literature, Children with Imprisoned Mothers, Caretakers of Imprisoned Children, College Access and Success, Self-worth and Cultural Identity, Christian Education and much more.