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

Portrait of Aurora Levin Morales
Photo Credit: Linda Haas

2018 UMass Amherst Writer-in-Residence Public Lecture

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 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 Alliance for Community Transformation, the UMass Amherst Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS), the UMass Amherst Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, and Maria Salgado-Cartagena, People's Historian of Holyoke's Puerto Rican Diaspora.

A book signing will follow.

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. More Info: Bus Schedule | Campus Map with the Locations Marked | Directions to the Parking Garage | Accessible Parking