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Prepare to ‘Romance the Language’ on Feb. 25!

(NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12; it has been rescheduled to Feb. 25 due to weather.)

Winter weather should never stand in the way of romance, right? Holding firmly to that belief, the Marshalltown Community College Humanities Division and Orpheum Theater Center invite the public to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little late as they co-host “Romancing the Language” on Monday, Feb. 25. The free event will include a variety of love poetry readings (and chocolates!) from 7 to 8:30 pm in MCC’s Helio Portes Hall, room 307.

Twenty-five readers have been recruited from the MCC international student ranks, and the love poems will be read in their native languages, with English translations. This artfully elegant event will also include artworks, flowers, music, and chocolate bon bons for all!

“This will be a fun combination of poetry and Valentine’s Day, and would make a great way for couples to extend the holiday,” says Carolyn Briggs, MCC Professor of English. “Poetry is meant to be heard, and audiences are always surprised at the intensity, pleasure, and intimacy of listening to poems read aloud. Our participants will enjoy hearing the love poems read in Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, Serbian, and even sign language! The English translations will be read by MCC faculty and staff.”

Those attending Romancing the Language are advised to enter the MCC campus from the north driveway (directly across from UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown) and follow the road to the back of the building. Park in the lot that’s between the main MCC building and the three student housing buildings, and enter Door # 4, between the gazebo and the maintenance/delivery area. At the first hallway intersection, turn left and Helio Portes Hall will be on your left.

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