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About “Dreams of Sefarad”:
Dr. Ruth Behar‘s Stroum Lectures will move between the personal essay and poetry, history and ethnography, exile and diaspora, and the role of the sea in remembrances of Sefarad in such places as Istanbul, Havana, Miami, New York, and Seattle. Dr. Behar will discuss the idea of dreaming about Sefarad and the dilemma of how to tell the story of waking from the dream to the loss of Sefarad. She will explore what that loss meant in 1492 and how the memory of that loss reverberates into the present day among twenty-first century descendants trying to define a contemporary Sephardic identity. Dr. Behar will give the lectures in English and weave in Spanish and Ladino, examining the desire for a language of home.
The lecture on May 18th is entitled “Places: Loss and Memory.” This talk will focus on the movement of Sefardim, their exile from beloved homes, their attachments to different places, and how their loss and memory are layered one upon the other.
The lecture on May 20th is entitled “People: Longing and Reinvention.” This talk will focus on specific individuals, their stories, and how they have reinvented their identities as Sefardim in contemporary times.
Both lectures will take place at 7:30 pm in Kane Hall 220 on the UW campus. The lecture on May 18th will be followed by a kosher reception.
The Stroum Center is delighted to be bringing a scholar of Dr. Behar’s caliber to campus for the 40th anniversary of the Stroum Lectures, the annual marquis event for UW Jewish Studies. We thank our community supporters and our departmental co-sponsors: Dept. of Anthropology, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Dept. of English, Dept. of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington.