Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with ‘Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba’

by Lauren Stachew June 14, 2016

June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and this year marks the tenth anniversary of its declaration, announced by the White House on June 6, 2006. There are roughly 2.5 million people in the U.S. of Caribbean-American heritage, and one of the largest populations of U.S. immigrants from the Caribbean are from Cuba. In 2015, the University of Michigan Press issued the 20th anniversary of the book Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba, edited by Ruth Behar. This anthology by Cuban and Cuban-American writers, artists, and scholars celebrates a new era of restored relations between Cuba and the U.S. Latin American Research Review […]

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Ronald Schmidt chats with New Books In Political Science

by Phillip Witteveen September 30, 2013

Author Ronald Schmidt, Jr., joined host Heath Brown on the New Books in Political Science podcast to discuss Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders. Schmidt and his co-authors Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Andrew L. Aoki, and Rodney E. Hero have taken a new look at the most recent 50 years of racial politics to get a better understanding of how diverse ethnic groups can be expected to change our governments in the near future. The paper that would become the book began with a simple question: “What has political science learned about the impact of recent immigration, on American racial politics?” Schmidt and his […]

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Joseph Geha discusses ‘Lebanese Blonde’ on Iowa Public Radio

by Brianne Johnson February 13, 2013

Lebanese Blonde may be a work of fiction, but, for author Joseph Geha, the novel hits close to home. That home is in the “Little Syria” community of Toledo, Ohio, and during an interview that recently aired on Iowa Public Radio, Geha discussed the places, experiences, and people that inspired the book. “The people are made up,” Geha said in the interview with “Talk of Iowa,” “But they’re founded on people I grew up with.” As an example, Geha names his father as a dominant source of inspiration for a character named Uncle Waxy. He also describes the urgency to “work hard [and] […]

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New author video: Joseph Geha discusses novel ‘Lebanese Blonde’

by Phillip Witteveen January 29, 2013

Joseph Geha sat down with the Press to discuss Lebanese Blonde, his recently published novel about two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States using the family’s mortuary business as a cover. Set in Toledo, Ohio’s “Little Syria” community in 1975-76, Lebanese Blonde tells the story of Aboodeh, a self-styled entrepreneur, and Samir, his young, reluctant accomplice. In the video, Geha, who immigrated to Toledo with his family when he was two years old in 1946, discusses the role that food plays in the immigrant experience, detaching from one’s native […]

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Joseph Geha discusses ‘Lebanese Blonde’ in Toledo ‘Blade’

by Brianne Johnson November 13, 2012

In a recently published interview with the Toledo Blade, author Joseph Geha discusses the personal experiences that informed his new novel, Lebanese Blonde—from feeling like an outsider as an Arabic-speaking child in Toledo, Ohio, to seeing gun-toting men guarding hashish fields while visiting Lebanon in the early 1970s. Set primarily in the Toledo, Ohio, “Little Syria” community in the mid-1970s–right at the beginning of Lebanon’s sectarian civil war–Lebanese Blonde tells the story of two immigrant cousins, Aboodeh, a self-styled entrepreneur, and Samir, his young, reluctant accomplice, who concoct a scheme to import Lebanese Blonde, a potent strain of hashish, into the United […]

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