This week, Afro-Cuban topics are on the spotlight

Cuba Events
On Monday, October 12, the CLACS Caribbean Initiative hosted María del Carmen Barcia and Oilda Hevia Lanier from Casa de Altos Estudios Fernando Ortiz at University of Havana, who presented the latest research that have been conducted on Cuba and the illegal slave trade to a gathering of 15 guests which made for an intimate discussion.

Barcia is a well-known Cuban history professor that has been awarded with the prestigious prizes, Juan Marinello and Casa Award. Her studies emphasize in elites and social power relations. From 1982 – 2002 she was member of Scientific Council of the Cuba’s National Archive.

Meanwhile, Hevia Lanier is another Cuban historian that specializes in African Descendents in Cuba and in the Caribbean. She has been recognized on a myriad of occasions during the Wemilere African Roots Festivals.

This event was held  in room 404 of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC).

Next Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m., a colloquium will be held on the crucial role of books in the advancement of Black advocacy movements throughout the Americas. This event will take place on the fourth floor of 20 Cooper Square and will be led by the Afro Cuban author, bibliographer, and activist Tomás Fernández Robaina.

Fernández Rabaína, is both researcher at the Havana’s National Library and professor at University of Havana. He publishes mostly about Afro-Cuban issues. One of his most prominent books is The Blacks in Cuba 1902-1958: Notes on the history of the struggle against racial discrimination.

He has an extensive background in working for initiatives devoted to anti-racist activities. For instance, the Cuban National Committee on Slave Routes and Cofradía de la Negritud are two of the organizations to which he has been part of.

This free event is co-sponsored by CLACS, the AfroLatin@ Forum, Social and Cultural Analysis, and Ford Foundation.

Finally, to top it all, during Friday, October 16 we will host Heriberto Feraudy Espino, president of the Cuban’s government anti-racism agency –The José Antonio Aponte Commission.

Feraudy Espino will join us at 12:30 p.m. to present on the current racial problems in Cuba. This event will be held in room 404 of KJCC at 53 Washington Square South.

In his many years of experience, Feraudy Espino, has involved himself in teaching at University of Havana and writing both: history and Cuban society academic papers, and fictional literary pieces.

He has also been the director of the Africa and Middle East división at the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples.

This event will be held in Spanish.

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