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Ilan Stavans
Ilan Stavans

UTSA Brackenridge lecture series hosts Ilan Stavans

(Sept. 24, 2008)--The UTSA Department of English will host three lectures by Ilan Stavans, described by the Washington Post as "Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast." A Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., Stavans comes to UTSA as a Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. The lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Stavans' first Brackenridge lecture is "Mr. Spic Goes to Washington: Ethnic Stereotypes and Power Inequities" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the 1604 Campus.
  • As a Hillel lecturer, he will speak on "Coming to America: 400 Years of Immigrant Literature" from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04).
  • As part of the Brackenridge series, Stavans will speak on "Resurrecting Hebrew: Language and Identity in Jewish Life" from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 in the John Peace Library Building Assembly Room (4.03.08), 1604 Campus.

Stavans is the author of an array of books, essays and articles, and is editor of the "Norton Anthology of Latino Literature" and several other important anthologies including "Coming to America: 400 Years of Immigrant Literature." He recently published "Resurrecting Hebrew," a meditation on the history of the Hebrew language from pre-biblical times to the present, with special focus on the life and legacy of Zionist lexicographer Eliezer ben Yehuda.

Stavans' anthology, "The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature" (2005), received the National Jewish Book Award. He hosted the PBS television series, "Conversations with Ilan Stavans," from 2001 to 2006 and produced the film, "Morirse esta en hebreo (My Mexican Shivah)."

The Brackenridge lecture series is supported by the George W. Brackenridge Foundation. For more information, contact the UTSA Department of English at (210) 458-4374.

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