Jews and Latinos: Immigrants Across a Century
In partnership with Jewish Book Council, Natan Fund, and Yiddish Book Center
Immigration has been and continues to be a hotly debated issue in the United States. In the early part of the twentieth century, many of those immigration debates surrounded Jewish immigrants; a hundred years later, those same conversations play out around Latinos coming to this country. How has this conversation shifted over the course of the century? What are the relationships of various Latino communities with Jewish communities, and how could those connections be made stronger? Join Jewish Book Council and Natan Fund for a fascinating conversation with Spring 2020 Natan Notable Book winner, Ilan Stavans (The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and journalist and radio host Ray Suarez as they delve into the issues and questions that challenge Jews and Latinos in the United States and in Latin America.
Additional events in this series: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/antisemitism-in-latin-america
Internationally renowned essayist, translator, editor, and teacher, Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, and the host of the NPR podcast In Contrast. His many books include The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories(1998), the memoir On Borrowed Words (2002), Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language(2003), the three-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Collected Stories (2004), The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2008), The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011), Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015), The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America (2019), and How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020). The recipient of numerous prizes, his work, translated into fifteen languages, has been adapted into film, TV, theater, and radio.
Ray Suarez is a host of the radio and podcast series WorldAffairs, heard on KQED San Francisco and public radio stations around the country, and a Washington reporter for Euronews. He recently completed an appointment as the McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Suarez hosted Inside Story, a daily news program on Al Jazeera America, until the network ceased operation in 2016.
Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent for the evening news program until 2013. He hosted the NPR’s Talk of the Nation from 1993 – 1999. In more than 40 years in the news business, he has worked as a reporter in London and Rome, as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, and for the NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV in Chicago.
Suarez is the author of three books: Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation (Penguin, 2013), The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966 – 1999, reporting on the causes of the destitution found in the inner city, andThe Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, examining how organized religion and politics intersect in America. His next work, on immigration, political, demographic, and cultural change, will appear in 2022.
He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to American Politics (June 2012), and many other books, including How I Learned English, Brooklyn: A State of Mind, Saving America’s Treasures, and About Men. He’s been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.
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