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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Albertus Magnus College Hosts Carlos Eire for Hispanic Heritage Month Event

NEW HAVEN — Albertus Magnus College, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on October 13 will hold the second event in its Tagliatela Business and Leadership Lecture Series: Honoring our Diversity, featuring award-winning author Carlos Eire, beginning at 11:10 a.m. Oct. 13 in the St. Albert Atrium of the Tagliatela Academic Center on the College’s lower campus.

The talk is free and open to the public.

In 2003, Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, received the National Book Award in nonfiction for his memoir “Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy,” the college said in a statement.

The book has been translated into 13 languages, but is banned in Cuba, where Eire is considered an enemy of the state, the statement said.

The talk, “Waiting for Snow, Learning to Die: Confessions of a Wayward Historian,” will “focus on his experience as one of the 14,000 unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba in 1962 by Operation Pedro Pan and his early days in the United States,” the statement said. A second memoir, “Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy,” was published last year.

Eire, who earned his doctorate from Yale University in 1979, is the author of several history books. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1996, he taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, and spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the statement said.

Reservations are required for the event; a light lunch will be served. Call 203-773-8502 or visit alumni@albertus.edu.

In February, the third program in the Tagliatela Business and Leadership series will celebrate Black History Month.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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