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Aurora Levins Morales, "Memory is Our Soil: Bringing History into the Commons"

Event Information


Student Union|Ballroom

Date & Time

Apr 17, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Contact Name

Adeline Broussan


Aurora Levins Morales

2018 UMass Amherst Department of History Writer-in-Residence Public Lecture will Feature Aurora Levins Morales.

Aurora Levins Morales is a Puerto Rican Ashkenazi Jewish feminist writer, historian and well-rounded radical. She is the author of six books including "Medicine Stories, Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas" and "Kindling: Writings on the Body". Her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, is widely taught, and has been translated into seven languages. She produces "Letters from Earth", an environmental justice podcast, and is a member of JOCSM, the Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Caucus partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace, and the JVP Artists’ Council. She lives in a tiny house in Northern California. 

Aurora Levins Morales will be in residency at the UMass Amherst Department of History from April 17-21. The UMass Amherst History Department Writer-in Residence Program facilitates sustained conversation with widely-read authors whose historical work engages broad public audiences. It is supported by Five Colleges, Inc. This residency is sponsored by the UMass/Five College Graduate History Program, UMass Amherst Department of History, and Five Colleges, Inc. It is co-sponsored by the Ethics and Common Good Program at Hampshire College, the Amherst College Department of History, the Mount Holyoke College Department of History, the UMass Amherst Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS), and the UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Additional sponsorship information forthcoming.

Books available for purchase following the event.

Location and Accessibility Information: This is a fragrance free event. The UMass Student Center is a short distance from the Campus Parking Garage (1 Campus Center Way, off of Commonwealth Ave). The UMass Amherst Student Center has accessible parking, is wheelchair accessible, and has accessible restrooms. The ballroom is directly adjacent to the lounge in the UMass Student Union.