Amherst College to celebrate poet Richard Wilbur’s 90th birthday with readings by students and faculty

February 16, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—In celebration of his 90th birthday, Richard Wilbur, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate who holds the same teaching position at Amherst College that Robert Frost once did, will be honored with a reading of his poems and translations on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., at Converse Hall’s Cole Assembly Room (his actual birthday is on March 1).

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On Teaching in the Age of Distraction

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture (Spanish), leads the audience in an analysis of Pablo Neruda’s poem “I Explain a Few Things” and then uses the discussion to illustrate how and why his approach to teaching students remains flexible and fresh.

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Publishers Weekly: A Conversation on Love

“The mind is a restless thing and should be allowed to wander and to wonder,” Ilan Stavans told Publishers Weekly in a short piece about his latest work, With All Thine Heart: Love and the Bible. “We are often asking the mind to settle down, particularly in academia where specialists are celebrated for knowing a lot about very little.”

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WAMC-FM: Academic Minutes with Lawrence Douglas, Deborah Gewertz and Ilan Stavans

The Albany-area National Public Radio affiliate featured Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and chair of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought; Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology-Sociology and Ilan Stavans, Latin American and Latino Culture professor, in three segments about their research.

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At Long Last, a Latino Literature Anthology Debuts

September 9, 2010

At least thirteen years in the making, and covering more than 400 years of writings by 201 writers, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, set for release on Sept. 13, is being hailed as a powerful contribution to American literary culture by authorities such as Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and author Barbara Kingsolver.

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Jewish Daily Forward: Jewish Picture Books: A Magical Mixture

A new exhibit, “Monsters and Miracles: A Journey Through Jewish Picture Books,” opening in Los Angeles on April 8 at the Skirball Cultural Center, presents a chronological and historical context of how the Jewish picture book has evolved. Exhibit co-curator Ilan Stavans, Amherst College’s Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and a contributing editor at the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper spoke with a reporter about the show in a lengthy Q&A.

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Argentine Photographer and Activist to Discuss Turning Terrorism into a Fotonovela at Amherst College March 25

March 8, 2010                                               

AMHERST, Mass.—Renowned Argentine photographer and human rights activist Marcelo Brodsky will have a public conversation with Amherst College’s Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, titled “Once @ 9:53: Turning Terrorism into a Fotonovela” on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Amherst’s Stirn Auditorium.

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