Writers on Writing
A Memoir in between Journeys
A presentation by Ruth Behar
TUESDAY, MAY 7, 7 P.M.
Traveling Heavy is a deeply moving, unconventional memoir by master
storyteller and cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar. Through evocative
stories, she portrays her life as an immigrant child, and later, as an adult
woman who loves to travel but is terrified of boarding a plane. With an
open heart, she writes about her Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American
family, as well as the strangers who show her kindness as she makes her way through the world.
Behar calls herself an anthropologist who specializes in homesickness.
Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, she is obsessed by the
question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who
travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide,
full of grace and hope, in the perpetual
search for connection.
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew
up primarily in New York City. She is the Victor
Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology
at the University of Michigan and the author of
many books, including An Island Called Home:
Returning to Jewish Cuba,The Vulnerable Observer:
Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart, andTranslated
Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story.
Behar is also a poet, a fiction writer, and a
documentary filmmaker whose film about Jewish
Cuba, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love, has been
shown at festivals around the world.
Program made possible, in part, by Richard Krieg,
in honor of David Medlin
Co-presented by Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)
and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav