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Conversations from the Cullman Center: Camilo Vergara and Graciela Mochkofsky

April 22, 2014

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Camilo Vergara and the journalist Graciela Mochkofsky talk about Harlem in light of Vergara’s latest book,Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto, a photographic chronicle of transformations in America’s most famous African-American neighborhood.

This event was co-presented with the Schomburg Center

Camilo Vergara’s latest book of photography, Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto, chronicles the vibrant life, culture, and transformations of the country’s most celebrated African-American neighborhood. For the past forty-three years Vergara, a writer, photographer, and sociologist, has been  photographing specific streetscapes as they evolve, offering an original, rare, and valuable diary of urban change.

Vergara’s previous books include Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (with Kenneth Jackson), The New American GhettoAmerican Ruins Unexpected Chicagoland (with Timothy Samuelson), Twin Towers Remembered, Subway Memories, and How the Other Half Worships. Vergara has received numerous awards, among them a five-year fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation in 2002. He was a fellow at the Cullman Center in 2007-2008.

Graciela Mochkofsky, an Argentinian journalist, is the author of six books, including Tío Boris, Un héroe olvidado de la Guerra Civil Española -- a narrative essay on her great uncle who fought in the Spanish Civil War --  and Pecado Original: Clarín, los Kirchner y la lucha por el poder, an investigation of the Kirchner government’s war against the media group Clarín. Her book La Revelación tells the story of a Peruvian Catholic community that converted to ultra-Orthodox Judaism and emigrated to the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. She is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center, where she is working on a book about a wave of emerging Jewish communities in Latin America. In 2010, she and the journalist Gabriel Pasquini founded the online cultural and political magazine El Puercoespin.