Local Author Lecture and Reading: Dr. Adam Lifshey

Tenley-Friendship Library

Local Author Lecture and Reading: Dr. Adam Lifshey

Come to Tenley, and find out why:

  • Magellan never did travel around the world.
  • Harvard was not always the oldest university in the United States.
  • A Washington institution near you collapsed not long ago.
  • A gas station near you is directly tied to artistic production by exiles in Europe.
  • And, what all of this has to do with Asian and African literature in Spanish.

Book Cover for As Green as Paradise Dr. Adam Lifshey of Georgetown University will discuss the little-known diversities of the Spanish-speaking world, including the literary traditions in Spanish from Southeast Asia (the Philippines) and West Africa (Equatorial Guinea) and a reading from his new novel, As Green as Paradise, about the rise and fall of a Jewish colony in 16th-century Mexico.


Photo of Adam Lifshey

Lifshey is an Associate Professor at Georgetown in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Program in Comparative Literature.  He is the author of two books, As Green as Paradise:  A Novel and Specters of Conquest:  Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures, and a third is forthcoming on the early histories of Asian and African literature in Spanish.  He has published articles in major academic journals on such subjects as the folk songs of Bruce Springsteen, the travel writings of a 19th-century Franco-American explorer of Africa, and fiction about dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.  Lifshey is also a singer/ songwriter whose albums of original folk music include Where the Quetzal Flies.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Saturday, September 24, 2 to 4 p.m. (2nd Floor Auditorium).