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Reading and Conversation with Author Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli. Photo courtesy of Diego Berruecos/Gatopardo.


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Join us for a reading and conversation with acclaimed author Valeria Luiselli, presented in conjunction with our special exhibition Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art.

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.

Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Harvard Art Museums.

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.

The Crossing Lines, Constructing Home exhibition is made possible by the Rosenblatt Fund for Postwar American Art, the Agnes Gund Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, and the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Fund for Photography. Additional exhibition-related programming is generously supported by the Nancy S. Nichols Memorial Lecture Fund and the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.