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Ruth Behar: "Through Jewish Cuban Eyes: The Jewish Latin American Experience" Audio Recording

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Ruth Behar

Internationally recognized scholar, author, and filmmaker Ruth Behar offered a presentation entitled “Through Jewish Cuban Eyes: The Jewish Latin American Experience” on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center of UW-Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library.

A professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and a native of Cuba, Dr. Behar is noted internationally for her work on Latin American women and Jews, especially in Cuba.

She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award in 1988. She has since been the recipient of many prestigious fellowships for her scholarly and artistic work. These include a John Simon Guggenheim award in 1995 and a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in 1998.

Dr. Behar has written numerous essays, poems, articles, and short stories. Her latest projects include a novel titled Nightgowns from Cuba and a documentary film, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Cuban Sephardic Journey.

Her well-known book titles include An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story, which was named a Notable Book of the Year for 1993 by the New York Times; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; and The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village: Santa María del Monte.

Dr. Behar's presentation was sponsored by Special Collections at UWM Libraries, the Louis P. and Ethel Setlick Fund for the Study of Jewish Society and Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Jewish Latin America Collection Associates.

Supporters of the event were UWM Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UWM Cultures & Communities Program, and Hillel Milwaukee.

The event was co-sponsored by Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Latino Entrepreneurial Network, Milwaukee Area Jewish Committee, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and United Community Center.

For more information about the UWM Libraries' Jewish Latin America Collection, contact Max Yela, Head of Special Collections, at 414-229-4345 or