Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans Publishes A Critic’s Journey

December 11, 2009
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AMHERST, Mass. — Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at AmherstCollege and FiveCollege 40th Anniversary Professor, has published A Critic’s Journey (University of Michigan Press, 2009, $60 hardcover, $24.95 paperback).

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Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans Publishes Anthology of Immigrant Writing

October 6, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor, is the editor of Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing (Library of America, 2009, $40). The book is an anthology of writings about the thrills and challenges of immigrating to America, from colonial times to the present. Author Maxine Hong Kingston has said of the book, “[These] stories are our treasured legacy.”

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Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans to Lead Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s Latino-American Advisory Commission on Education

October 6, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and Five College 40th Anniversary Professor, is now in charge of a subcommittee of Massachusetts’ Latino-American Advisory Commission. The subcommittee’s mandate is to produce a thorough report on the state of education of Latinos in the Commonwealth.

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Award-winning author Chris Abani to speak on Campus Feb. 24

February 19, 2016

Chris Abani, book-cover-and-author-photo
Abani's memoir, The Face: Cartography of the Void, published by Amherst professor Ilan Stavans through Restless Books, is an exploration of the nature of identity. Join Abani on Feb. 24, for the talk "My Face and Ours: Views of Today's America."

Author Chris Abani will be on campus Wednesday, Feb. 24, to present “My Face and Ours: Views of Today’s America," at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. He will be interviewed after the talk by Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, and then take questions from the audience. He will also be available for a book-signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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Amherst’s Literary Journal Celebrates 10th Issue and 5th Anniversary

The Common transports readers to unknown and inaccessible parts of the world—real and imagined.

The Common, Cover of Issue 10
The Common Issue 10 is now available for purchase.

If you love a good story—one with the power to transport you to a world other than your own—chances are you’ll love the newest issue of Amherst’s award-winning literary journal, The Common

With stories, essays and poems by 34 authors from countries around the world (China, France, Lebanon, Nigeria and South Africa, to name a few), Issue 10 takes us to the front row of a Lady Gaga concert, on a hitchhiking journey around Hungary and 1,000 years into the future.

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Ilan Stavans Publishes "A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States"

Ilan Stavans, Amherst’s Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, is the author of A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (Basic Books). With text by Stavans and illustrations by cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, the book presents the nation’s history through true stories of its “most overlooked and marginalized peoples: the workers, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who built America from the ground up and made this country what it is today.”

Ilan Stavans Pens Lyrics for Immigration-Themed “Tres Colores” Choir Concert at Amherst College

April 12, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. — Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, has chronicled aspects of his own immigrant experience from Mexico City to the United States in memoirs, poetry, books and graphic novels.

For the last several months, he’s been collaborating with a children’s chorus, renowned composers and the Amherst College Concert Choir to add music to his creative repertoire, while bringing talented children and college students together to address the theme that’s consumed much of his creative energy.

The end result will appear onstage in Buckley Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, when the college and the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation sponsor the world premiere of Tres Colores,a musical journey of immigration and hope in America. The event is free and open to the public.