UL Lafayette reading event rescheduled for Friday

Ruth Behar will read from her Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 in Griffin Hall, Room 315.

The event had been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Ernest J. Gaines Center in Dupré Library. It was rescheduled after closure of the Atlanta airport delayed Behar's travel to Lafayette.

The book recounts Behar's childhood as an immigrant and her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family. The writer, who was born in Havana, Cuba, moved to New York City at age five with her family.

“She writes not only about family history, but how the family reacts to what she has written about,” said Dr. Reggie Young, associate professor of English. “She's a great reader and storyteller.”

Behar's other books include: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba; The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart; and Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993.

She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award. In 1999, Latina Magazine named her one of the 50 most important Latinas in the 20th century.

Behar is a member of the Anthropology Department at the University of Michigan.

For more information, visit here <https://www.louisiana.edu/news-events/events/20140210/ruth-behar-visit-ul-lafayette-campus&gt;

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