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Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Fall Leif Nissen Lecture
“The Intersection of Humanities, Literature, and Social Justice” will feature author Ana Menendez at this Shabbat service. Service @ 7:30, lecture 8:15 PM.
Award-winning author and columnist Ana Menéndez will speak on “Story telling for Social Justice.” Ms. Menéndez has published four books of fiction: “Adios, Happy Homeland!,” “The Last War,” “Loving Che” and “In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd,” whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for “The Miami Herald.”

As a reporter, Menéndez wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Vogue, Bomb Magazine, The New York Times and Tin House and has been included in several anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. A former Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she is now at Florida International University in Miami, where she helps direct programming highlighting the humanities and their importance to a just and democratic society. She lives in Surfside, FL, with her family. For information of Ana Menendez:

This event is co-hosted by USF St Pete, Allendale UMC, League of Women Voters St Pete, Fired Up Pinellas, Indivisible FL-13, Unitarian Universalists Clearwater and Unitarian Universalist St Pete

The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series is sponsored by Karen Lieberman and Bruce Nissen to honor their son Leif of blessed memory (May 21, 1980-Nov 19, 2008).

Dessert reception follows. This event is free and open to the public.


Temple Beth-El
400 Pasadena Ave S
St Petersburg, FL 33707 United States
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727 347 6136