On December 14, CLACS ended its Fall 2009 Research Colloquium “Cuba: History, Culture and Revolution.” Timed to coincide roughly with the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the colloquium included a course organized by Professors Ada Ferrer (History) and Ana Dopico (Spanish and Comparative Literature), as well as public lectures by scholars from Cuba, Spain, and the United States. Speakers included: musicologist Ned Sublette, literary critics Roberto González Echevarría (Yale) and Jean Franco (Columbia); writer Antonio José Ponte (Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, Madrid) who spoke on questions of censorship in recent Cuban literature and the arts; sociologist Sam Farber (Brooklyn College), who analyzed the process of rapid radicalization of the revolution from 1959 to 1961; anthropologist Noelle Stout (NYU), who spoke about contemporary issues regarding gays, sex workers, and police; and historians Alejandro de la Fuente (University of Pittsburgh), who spoke on the uses of history and especially of the so-called Race War of 1912 by contemporary Afro-Cuban activists and cultural workers, and Marial Iglesias Utset (University of Havana) who spoke on her new research on the memory of the Haitian Revolution in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Cuba. Videos of some of the lectures will be made available shortly.
Ada Ferrer, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU
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