Curanderismo, the ancient art of healing through herbs, rituals and spiritualism is usually a topic that is of great interest to many but few actually understand its complexities.

Please join us on Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library as Dr. Servando Hinojosa, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas — Pan American helps us demystify curanderismo.

The interest in the topic stemmed from the BIG READ book selection “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, where the protagonist young Antonio learns the ways of the curandera through his experiences with Ultima. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. The University of Texas-Pan American in partnership with the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library were awarded the grant to encourage the community to read and discuss the book selection, thus promoting literacy and the love of literature while enticing the reluctant reader to read a book for pleasure and enlightenment.

For more information on the Big Read or to take part in reading and discussing “Bless me, Ultima” contact Sonya Miller at 383-6246.