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).

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.”

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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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.

Catch Ilan Stavans If You Can

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[Graphic novel] Tom Hanks has got nothing on Ilan Stavans.

Ilan Stavans on His New Books, Latino Life at Amherst and Beyond

Submitted on Friday, 4/27/2012, at 12:30 PM

Interview by Peter Rooney

Ilan Stavans, described by his father in his most recent book as “muy prolífico,” is certainly living up to that billing this month. 

Return to Centro Histórico: A Mexican Jew Looks for His Roots (Rutgers), a photo-laden personal exploration of  Mexico City’s downtown area,  has just been published, along with the 15th anniversary edition of Latino USA: A Cartoon History (Basic Books), updated with a new chapter. Not to be overlooked is the paperback release of The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry (FSG), a compilation of verse in Spanish and English, with Stavans as editor and Amherst College poet Richard Wilbur among the translators. Stavans also is preparing an exhibition about his fotonovela Once@9:53am, an account of a devastating 1994 terrorist attack against the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and left hundreds injured. That exhibit opens Sunday, April 29, at The National Yiddish Book Center (1021 West Street in Amherst).

Ilan Stavans Discusses Kafka's Leopards

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, writes in the Jewish Daily Forward about his friend, Brazilian-Jewish author Moacyr Scliar, and his book Kafka’s Leopards. “Readers are likely to witness the repositioning of one of the most versatile Jewish authors of the 20th century, from the periphery of culture … to the place where he belongs: center stage,” Stavans writes about Scliar, who died last year, and whose body of work is finally making its way into English translations.

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