Speaker: Valeria Luiselli, Mexican novelist
Moderator: Mayra Rivera Rivera, Harvard Divinity School; Mariano Siskind, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Luiselli will offer a reading of her recent work, which explores the human consequences of immigration policies and, in particular, the experience of migrating from Central America to the United States. She will then be joined in conversation by Mayra Rivera, professor of religion and Latinx studies and chair of the standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and Mariano Siskind, professor of romance languages and literatures and of comparative literature, both at Harvard.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the book-length essay Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, the essay collection Sidewalks, and the novels Lost Children Archive, Faces in the Crowd, and The Story of My Teeth. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund, and is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. She lives in New York City.
The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.
Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
Following the program, guests are invited to visit the Crossing Lines, Constructing Home exhibition on Level 3 until 8pm.
Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.
Support for the lecture is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.
Organized in collaboration with Harvard Art Museum, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration and Rights, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures