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Junot Díaz gets personal—and political—at Harvard Conference

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[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Clea Simon (The Harvard Gazette) writes about the recent conference on “Migration and the Humanities” at Harvard University, where Dominican writer Junot Díaz said, “It’s no accident that the folks who could most tell us about global conditions are being silenced in such profound ways.”

“You don’t have to be a Harvard student to be aware of what’s happening with migration and immigration.” With that nod to his audience, novelist Junot Díaz launched a freewheeling evening of reading and discussion Thursday at the Graduate School of Design’s Piper Auditorium.

Awareness of these issues is key, said Díaz, whose “Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008.

“It’s no accident that the folks who could most tell us about global conditions are being silenced in such profound ways,” he said. “This increases our lack…

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