Roberto Lovato Author Talk

Join Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato, author of the new book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, for a virtual book talk.

This event will take place during Teach Central America Week on October 6, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:30PM EST via Zoom and is hosted by Teaching for Change and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Reviews for Unforgetting share:

“Salvadorans are ‘a people in the constant motion of overcoming,’ Roberto Lovato writes in his pivotal debut Unforgetting. In it, he runs a machete through himself and his family’s history — the 1932 Matanza, the 1980s civil war, and our present-day struggles with gang-violence and migration. With raw honesty, Lovato partakes in a much-needed excavation of what it means to be ‘Salvadoran’ — and ‘American’ — in this world. Unforgetting is an opening, a tear in the cloth, we Salvadorans must speak through.” — Javier Zamora, author of Unaccompanied

“What is Unforgetting — a coming of age story, a thriller, a slice of hemispheric history? All I can say for sure is that it’s both gripping and beautiful. With the artistry of a poet and the intensity of a revolutionary, Lovato untangles the tightly knit skein of love and terror that connects El Salvador and the United States. This book is an eye-opener into a world Anglo-Americans have been taught is enemy territory.” — Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Natural Causes and Nickel and Dimed

The event will be moderated by Teach Central America advisor, Ana Patricia Rodríguez, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Ana Patricia Rodriguez received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Central American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures; Central American cultural production in the U.S.; transnational migration and cultural production; diaspora studies; violence and postwar/trauma studies; gender studies; U.S. Latina/o popular culture; community-based research; and Latina/o education (K-16). Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and Central Americans in the isthmus and in the wider Central American diaspora.

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The event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required. The Zoom link will be sent two days in advance of the event and again on the day of the event.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2020 |

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