Both genealogy and immigration are hot topics these days. DNA test kits are popular gifts, and lots of folks are tracing their family roots. But how do specific ethnic groups fit into this trend? Ilan Stavans will consider that issue, and delve into how Latinos in particular are thinking about their genealogical past.
Stavans is known internationally for his insights into American, Hispanic, and Jewish cultures. He is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities and Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and recently was named a recipient of the Jones Library’s annual Samuel Minot Jones Award for Literary Achievement.
The program will include refreshments, book signing, and schmoozing. In lieu of an admission fee, the speaker has requested that attendees consider a donation to support Jones Library’s subscription to ancestry.com, which gives the community free access to genealogy research.