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TALK | Geographies of the Soul: Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar in Conversation on Memory, Identity, and Storytelling
Two award-winning, Jewish, Latina writers, Marjorie Agosín and Ruth Behar, come together to discuss their creative writing as poets, memoirists, fiction writers, and, most recently, authors of, respectively, the young adult novels The Maps of Memory and Letters from Cuba. Join us for a lively conversation about Agosín's and Behar's spiritual and literary ties to their homelands—Agosín was raised in Chile and Behar was born in Cuba—and how their thinking about memory, identity, and storytelling has allowed them to address difficult topics such as loss, trauma, violence, social justice, immigration, and the search for home.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Wellesley College.

This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience, which will allow you to submit questions, registration is required.

Mar 4, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Ruth Behar
Ruth Behar was born in Havana and grew up in New York. She has lived in Spain and Mexico, and returns often to Cuba to build bridges around culture, literature, and art. Her nonfiction books, Translated Woman, The Vulnerable Observer, An Island Called Home, and Traveling Heavy, are acclaimed for their mix of personal and ethnographic writing. She is also the author of a bilingual book of poetry, Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé. Behar won the Pura Belpré Author Award for her coming-of-age-novel, Lucky Broken Girl. Her new novel, Letters from Cuba, a work of historical fiction, is based on her grandmother’s escape from Poland to start a new life in Cuba on the eve of WWII. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was recently named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. Behar is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Marjorie Agosín
Marjorie Agosín is an award-winning poet, memoirist, and novelist. Among her awards are the Pura Belpre Award for the YA novel "I Lived in Butterfly Hill" and a leadership award from the UN in recognition of her human rights activism. She is a prolific author and was distinguished with the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement by the Governor of Chile. Agosín is a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College.