Ruth’s wide-ranging perspectives as a cultural anthropologist and scholar, memoirist, poet, and fiction writer of Jewish Cuban background, give her a keen understanding of timely subjects, including the meaning of home, the role of immigration and travel in contemporary life, and the possibilities of blending scholarship and the arts. In recent years, her speaking engagements have taken her to cities across the United States and Canada and to Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Spain, Finland, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Poland, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, and New Zealand.
“Cuba: Threads of Change,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, March 9, 2017.
“Latino Studies Today,” ¡AdelanteTigres!: Celebrating Latino Alumni at Princeton University conference, April 1, 2017.
“Cuba and the Meaning of Place in Anthropology and the World Today,” Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropology Lecture, University of Texas, Arlington, April 6, 2017. [Poster (pdf)]
Lucky Broken Girl, book launch, Books of Wonder, New York, April 9, 4-6pm.
“Writing and Editing: A Conversation with Ruth Behar and Nancy Paulsen,” University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1151B Sorensen Arts and Education Complex, April 18, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm and Talk and Book Signing at The McGillis School, 6:30-7:30pm. [Poster (pdf)]
“Debutante Ball: Dance with New Children’s Authors Panel,” Texas Library Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 21, 2017, 1:30-2:30pm.
“Ethnographic Writing Workshop,” Association of Anthropology Students of San Diego State University, April 27, 2017, 4-7pm.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2, 2017, 7pm.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Children’s Book Week, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 3, 2017.
Advisory Council Meeting, Princeton University, May 20, 2017.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Massachusetts, May 22, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm.
“Constructing Jewish Cuba: Immigrant Memories, Anthropological Journeys, Fictional Recreations” and “Lucky Broken Girl: A Cuban-Jewish American Novel,” Latin American Jewish Studies Conference, Mexico City, July 3-5, 2017.
International Literacy Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 15-17, 2017.
Keynote lecture, “Cuba and Its Diaspora: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay,” Inaugural Symposium of Latin American Studies at Utah Valley University, “Latin America in the World” (program – pdf), Orem, Utah, November 3, 2016.
Speaker at various panels: “Ethnographic Writing,” “Towards an Anthropology of Storytelling,” “Life Matters,” “Other Writing Genres,” and “The Light in Our Eyes: Mergers Between Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, and Anthropology,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, November 16-18, 2016.
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Ruth Behar photo by Gabriel Frye-Behar
Ruth Behar photo 2 by Gabriel Frye-Behar
Ruth Behar photo by David Frye
Ruth Behar, Bridges to Cuba, 20 anniversary edition, cover
Ruth Behar, An Island Called Home, cover
Ruth Behar, Traveling Heavy, cover