On Cuba

“Returning to Cuba has generated the kind of anthropology that emanates from Ruth Behar herself — an anthropology that initially broke her heart, and then healed it, leaving it stronger.”
–Judy Bolton-Fasman,  author of The Judy Chronicles

Read about the CubaOne Foundation trip to Cuba in July, 2017 that Ruth led together with poet Richard Blanco:

Ruth featured:

New blog provides unique space for people to share their Cuba stories

All of Cuba becomes a classroom for U-M professor, students

Ruth Behar’s Lucky Broken Girl,” a review by Julie Schwietert Collazo, Cuban Counterpoints, March 2017. (PDF)

Ruth quoted:
Cuba’s new challenges: Inequality, emigration

Ruth mentioned:

9 Books About Cuba To Celebrate Normalization of American-Cuban Relations

Only built for Cuban ink: a literary guide to the land of rum, rumba and revolution

Ruth’s curatorial work on Cuba 

Intersections: Cultures, Identities, Narratives

Woman crying fish by Rolando Estévez.Ruth’s recent essays on Cuba:

My Ancestors’ Keys: In Search of the Jews of Cuba,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, February 2021

The Call of the Cha Cha Cha,” Jewish Renaissance, January 2020

How Did A Yiddish Opera Wind Up In Cuba Of All Places?The Forward, March 25, 2017.

Wanting to Be More than an Anthropologist in Cuba,” Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, March 23, 2017.

An Old Little Girl Reacts to the Death of Fidel Castro,” Beacon Broadside, December 4, 2016.

As A Young Cuban Girl, Fidel Castro Terrified Me,” Huffington Post, December 2, 2016.

The Sea and the Ceiba,” Cuba Counterpoints, September 1, 2016.

Gelato and a Balmy Evening Ride in an American Convertible: To Be or Not to be in the New Cuba,” Hemisphere, summer 2016. PDF.

Cuban Jewish Kindness: What I Hope Won’t Change“, 3200 Stories, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The Fantasy of a Cuba Where Time Stood Still,” The Huffington Post, Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Trying Not to Drown in a Glass of Water On My Way to Cuba,” Jewish Book Council, Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

What Now for the Jews of Cuba,” in The Jewish Week.

My Parents are Cuban Exiles. Here’s What Obama’s Decision Means to Us” in the Washington Post. Read the article in Spanish on the Progreso Semanal website. Download the Spanish version here.

My Habana,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, vol 56 (3): B6-B10.

New York Times opinion piece, published almost twenty-five years ago, (18 December 1992), calling for bridges between the United States and Cuba.