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Ruth Behar

For the Love of Beautiful Books: An Ode to Ediciones Vigía

November 12, 2012

Ruth Behar was the keynote speaker at the MU conference, Cultural Bricolage: Artist Books of Cuba’s Ediciones Vigía in November 2012. Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York, Behar shares her experiences of crossing cultural borders through her work as a writer, editor, ethnographer and documentary filmmaker. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1988, as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Award, her books include Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, and Santa Maria Del Monte: The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village. She has also translated the works of Cuban women poets and had a collection of her own poems produced by Ediciones Vigía. She received her bachelor’s in letters from Wesleyan University, and her masters and and doctorate in cultural anthropology from Princeton University. She resides in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is also affiliated with University of Michigan programs in women’s studies, Latina/Latino studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.