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Writer Gustavo Pérez Firmat discusses biculturalism and bilingualism May 3

BOONE—Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat, the David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University, will speak Thursday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room at Appalachian State University. His talk, titled “Growing Old Bilingual,” will explore his own experience as a “hyphenated American,” as well as current debates about biculturalism and bilingualism.

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The presentation is sponsored by the University Forum Committee, Office of Academic Affairs, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Global Studies and Women’s Studies. The public is invited.

A poet, fiction writer and scholar, Pérez Firmat was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Michigan and taught at Duke University from 1978 to 1999.

Pérez Firmat is the author of several books of literary and cultural criticism, four collections of poetry, a novel and a memoir. His study of Cuban-American culture, “Life on the Hyphen,” was awarded the Eugene M. Kayden University Press National Book Award for 1994.

He divides his time between New York City and Chapel Hill.