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FAU Presents Lecture about Cuban Jewish Women

BOCA RATON, FL (March 24, 2009) –The Women’s Studies Center in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the lecture “What Did You Lose in Cuba? Stories and Struggles of Cuban Jewish Women,” on Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture, which is free, will be presented by Ruth Behar, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan.  

Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in New York City. She has achieved international recognition for her writing as a cultural anthropologist who tells stories about her experiences as a traveler in Spain, Mexico and Cuba, and among Latinas and Latinos in the United States. Her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village, Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, and An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba.  The latter is a blend of memoir, ethnography and photography that relays the story of her quest to get to know the Jewish community that remains on the island she left as a child.

Behar is professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and has also served as a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Miami during the spring terms of 2008 and 2009. Among her honors, she is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University.

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