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.
Host, “Driving Literacy,” the 20th Annual Gala benefiting Washtenaw Literacy, September 29, 2018.
“ ‘A Cuban Love Affair’: The Art of the Book,” a conversation between Ruth Behar and Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez, Library of Congress, Washington DC, June 28, 2018.
Poetry reading at The Betsy’s annual “Under the Influence Event with O’ Miami,” with host Campbell McGrath, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, April 15, 2018.
“The Fascination with the Jews of Cuba,” College of Charleston, Arnold Hall, April 8, 2018.
“The Hold Cuba Has on Me: Memory, Travel, and Writing,” College of Charleston, April 5, 2018.
Ruth Behar reads from Lucky Broken Girl. Congregation Bet Ha’am, South Portland, Maine, March 25, 2018.
Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco discuss their works and their Cuban culture. Skowhegan Free Public Library, Skowhegan, Maine, March 23, 2018.
Ruth Behar and Richard Blanco speak about their writing, their books, and their “Bridges to/from Cuba” forum. Beth Israel Synagogue, Waterville, Maine, March 22, 2018.
“Traveling Heavy: Anthropology and the Search for Home,” Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professorship in Anthropology Inaugural Lecture, University of Michigan, Rackham Amphitheater, 4 pm, December 7, 2017. Related articles: “Ruth Behar’s Inaugural Lecture Focuses on Home, Homesickness, and the Global Soul,” “Cátedra inaugural de Ruth Behar se centra en el hogar, la nostalgia, y el alma global.”
Speaker, “Recovering Anthropology’s Voice: From Ethnographic Practice to Writing for the Public.” Discussant, “Family Matters: Re-Examining Children in Anthropological Fieldwork and Careers.” American Anthropological Association Conference, Washington, DC, December 1, 2017.
“Entrusting Myself to the Beauty and Danger of Life: Journeys of an Ethnographic Writer,” Indiana University, Horizons of Knowledge lecture, November 3, 2017.
“Many Migrations: My Story as a Cuban Jew,” Congregation Beth Shalom, Bloomington, Indiana, November 3, 2017.
International Literacy Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, July 15-17, 2017.
“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.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Massachusetts, May 22, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm.
Advisory Council Meeting, Princeton University, May 20, 2017.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Children’s Book Week, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 3, 2017.
Lucky Broken Girl, book presentation, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2, 2017, 7pm.
“Ethnographic Writing Workshop,” Association of Anthropology Students of San Diego State University, April 27, 2017, 4-7pm.
“Debutante Ball: Dance with New Children’s Authors Panel,” Texas Library Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 21, 2017, 1:30-2:30pm.
“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)]
Lucky Broken Girl, book launch, Books of Wonder, New York, April 9, 4-6pm.
“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)]
“Latino Studies Today,” ¡AdelanteTigres!: Celebrating Latino Alumni at Princeton University conference, April 1, 2017.
“Cuba: Threads of Change,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, March 9, 2017.
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.
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.
Keynote Lecture, “I Come From All Places and to All Places I Go,” Lin Great Speaker Series, Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, October 25, 2016.
Short & Long Bios
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