Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014 from 6.30-8pm
Venue: Ground Floor 1, Tower One, London School of Economics
Speaker: Prof. Ruth Behar
Chairs: Dr. Ana Gutierrez Garza and Olivia Mena
Travelers are those who go elsewhere because they want to. Immigrants are those who go elsewhere because they have to. Professor Ruth Behar explores these two different contemporary forms of movement across spatial borders. Drawing from a range of family stories and ethnographic travels described in her new book, Traveling Heavy, she will speak about issues of identity and place and the dilemmas of doing research in Cuba.
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Among her honors, she is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Ruth has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba, and is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for home in our global era.
This event is hosted by the LSE ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies Seminar Series and is supported by the LSE Department of Sociology, the LSE Department of Anthropology, The LSE Students’ Union, and Mike Savage’s ESRC Professorial Fellowship. For more information visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/10/20141030t1830vTW1.aspx.