Advisory board member speaks on Cuban-Jewish communities

Coral Gables, FL (March 26, 2008) - Ruth Behar a member of the University of Miami School of Communication’s Knight Center for International Media Advisory Board and professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, lectured on Tuesday, March 25, at the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery about the small community of Cuban Jews living on the island. Behar, with her family, fled Cuba at four years old after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.  In her latest book titled: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2007), Behar recounts her journey back to Cuba and the Jewish communities she discovers there.
“This is very moving to see what’s happening in Cuba with the Jewish community, and it’s great that someone like Dr. Behar is recording this and helping to preserve history,” said School of Nursing Professor, Victoria Mitrani.
Behar is spending a semester at UM as a Henry King Stanford Chair in the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences. Her lecture was presented by The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, The George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies, The Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Anthropology, and the Latin American Studies Program.
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