On August 15, former president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez met with faculty, students and staff at New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Along with Francis Lorenzo, the present Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, he discussed the work of his foundation, Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).
President Fernandez served as president of the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2012. He is often credited with restoring confidence in the economy after a banking crisis. Under his administration, inflation decreased from 50% to 8%. Growing up in the Bronx, Fernandez has strong ties to New York City. He often made campaign stops in Manhattan to court the eligible Dominican voters living abroad. Since leaving office, he has focused on education and political reform through his foundation.
Plenary Session of the Revolution Recodified Conference
On Saturday and Sunday March 16-17, CLACS continued its partnership with the New School of Design to host the symposium, The Revolution Recodified: Digital Culture and the Public Sphere in Cuba. The two-day academic conference— kicked off by an energetic keynote on Friday by Cuban blogger, Yoani Sánchez— brought together academics from around the country, experts on the international blogosphere phenomena, and Cuban bloggers to explore the ways that digital technology is transforming Cuba’s cultural and political landscape. Despite the academic material presented, the conference drew an audience as diverse as its presenters. The attendees represented the many points along the political spectrum in terms of Cuban politics and history, and they engaged in a lively discussion about the current political climate on the island and questions of the future for US-Cuban relations. Continue reading
Conference keynote speaker, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez
On Friday, March 15th, CLACS hosted the opening session of The Revolution Recodified: Digital Culture and the Public Sphere in Cuba
conference in conjunction with The New School. The three-day conference brought together leading bloggers, writers, artists and scholars from Cuba and the U.S. to examine the rise of communication technology and social media in Cuba, which have given voice to a changing social and political atmosphere. Despite the government’s control of media and the Internet, Cubans have found ways to embrace blogs, websites, Twitter and other forms of digital communication, forging a new space to correspond with one another and the international community. Organizers of the conference, Jill Lane
, Director of CLACS and Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies at NYU, and Coco Fusco
, Director of Intermedia Initiatives and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at The New School, opened the conference on Friday evening, introducing widely regarded leader of Cuba’s digital movement and keynote speaker, Yoani Sánchez
. Continue reading
On Friday, February 22nd, we had hosted another CLACS Alumn during our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.
Zamaly Diaz Lebron, Program Officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE) & CLACS Alumnus
On this day, we welcomed, Zamaly Diaz Lebron a 2006 CLACS MA alumnus and currently is a Program Officer for university placement services at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Zamaly, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and also completed another NYU Master’s program in Performance Studies (completed in 2007) while studying at CLACS. Continue reading
On Monday, February 25th, CLACS hosted its fourth lecture as part of the Spring 2013 colloquium series, “What’s Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society.” The lecture, entitled “The Cuban
Argument With Itself,” was given by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, a Cuban-American playwright and director best known for his play, Blind Mouth Singing, which
was translated and produced in Havana, Cuba in 2010. Cortiñas is the first Cuban-American playwright to be produced in Cuba. Continue reading
Presentation being made at Trouillot Symposium.
On Friday, March 1st, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in conjunction with the Anthropology Department at NYU hosted the The Life and Work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot: A Symposium
, an all-day event celebrating the life and work of prolific anthropologist and historian, Michel-Rolph Trouillot. Trouillot was born in Haiti in 1949 and immigrated to the US when he was nineteen, during the peak years of the Duvalier Regime. He would later go on to become a professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, with interests in ethnographic methodologies, historiography, and theory-building. Trouillot left behind a major body of work, among which most famous are Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History
, Haiti: State against Nation
and Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World
. This symposium brought together a diverse assortment of individuals ranging from intellectuals and academics to activists and students, all gathered to commemorate the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Michel-Rolph Trouillot to the humanities and social sciences. Continue reading
On Thursday evening CLACS hosted the Queer Cuba Symposium in conjuction with NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Department of Performance Studies, a part of the CLACS Research Colloquium series entitled, “What’s Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society.” José Muñoz, Professor of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch and author of Feeling Brown: Ethnicity, Affect and Performance and Cruising Utopia: The Politics and Performance of Queer Futurity amongst other publications, moderated lectures by José Quiroga and Jafari Allen. The insights of Dr. Muñoz and the two speakers offered a nuanced understanding of queer history in Cuba and exposure to themes of recognition, expression, commitment and agency. Continue reading
On Friday, December 7th, we had hosted another CLACS Alumn during our Perspectives from the Field Series, a speaker series that invites CLACS alumni from a wide range of professions to speak about their experiences since graduation, and how their studies at CLACS prepared them for the work that they are doing today. The topics that our invited speakers discuss in the series include development, education, human rights, business, public health, and more.
Benjamin Aplin, Director of Institutional Advancement at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience & CLACS Alumnus
On this day, we welcomed Benjamin Aplin, a 2006 CLACS MA alumnus and current Director of Institutional Advancement at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, to speak about the non-profit world and how his experiences at CLACS helped him get to where he is today.
Ben, who has been working in international NGOs since graduating from CLACS, has always been interested in working in an international environment because he traveled a lot with his mother when he was a teenager, including working at a summer arts camp in Haiti when he was 15. Ben graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English, and came to CLACS interested in international development issues. He wrote his thesis on Protestantism in Latin America and its dominance in certain parts of the region. Continue reading
Coco Fusco on “The Symbolic Use of the Plaza of the Revolution by Cuban Artists and Activists”
Coco Fusco, Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons Center at The New School for Design, and a well-known New York-based interdisciplinary artist, performer, and writer, visited us here at CLACS on Monday, February 4, to present a lecture entitled “The Symbolic Use of the Plaza of the Revolution by Cuban Artists and Activists” and her latest video La Plaza Vacia as a part of CLACS’ Spring 2013 colloquium series titled, What’s Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society. Continue reading
Dr. Tomás Fernández Robaina
Tomás Robaina on “The Fight Against Discrimination & For Visibility of the Denied History of Afro-Cubans in the Current International Context”
, a longtime researcher at the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba “José Martí” and prolific author on the topic of Afro-Cuban issues, visited our department on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, to offer a lecture titled “The Fight against Discrimination and for Visibility of the Denied History of Afro-Cubans in the Current International Context”
as a part of CLACS’ Spring 2013 colloquium series titled, “What’s Left of Cuba? Culture, Politics, and Civil Society.”
Both his lecture and the larger series deal with recent cultural movements in Cuba that are increasingly challenging the Cuban state and its unfinished revolutionary projects, and demanding for recognition and inclusion in a new civil society. Continue reading