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Sixth & I

Ruth Ellen Gruber

Europe's Real Imaginary Spaces: Sauerkraut Cowboys and Klezmer Cafes

Jan 29, 2008 • 7:00 pm ET
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The American writer and photographer, Ruth Ellen Gruber, has chronicled Jewish issues in Europe for two decades and explores how Europeans embrace the myth of the American Wild West.  A Guggenheim Fellow and the author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, she coined the term “Virtually Jewish” to describe how the so-called “Jewish space” in Europe is often filled by non-Jews.  In an illustrated talk, Gruber will describe a colorful world of klezmer cafes, European cowboys and other “real imaginary spaces” in today’s Europe. She will also read from her new book, Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere), a collection of personal essays written over the past decade.