Events

    2020 Feb 28

    CANCELED: The Resurgence of the Right: Evaluating the impact of the Trump policies on the opinion towards Cuba and its government within the Cuban diaspora of South Florida

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, Room S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Guillermo J. Grenier, Professor of Sociology and Chair in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University

    Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

    The work presents the results of the most recent Cuba Poll, (November 2018) and compares the details with the opinions compiled by the research...

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    2019 Oct 04

    Music Workshop / Síntesis: Una visión de la herencia musical afro-cubana

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Library Theater in McKinlock Hall (Leverett House) 25 Mill Street, Cambridge MA 02138
    Image of Sintesis

    Síntesis is one of the emblematic ensembles of contemporary Cuban music, due to the richness, variety and conceptual structure of their sonic style. Sintesis music pioneered the fusion of Afro-Cuban musical traditions with contemporary jazz and rock in the late 1970s. They are among the most recognized and popular...

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    2019 May 23

    Cuba y los nuevos desafíos del sector privado, en el marco de las actuales transformaciones de la nación

    (All day)

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S020, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Harvard University, pre-LASA 2019 Conference

    La iniciativa privada constituye una bisoña experiencia en la Cuba actual. Aun cuando persisten un gran número de limitaciones legales, económicas y políticas para su desarrollo, muchos cubanos han decidido apostar por la creación de un negocio propio. Con el desarrollo del sector privado en los últimos años, se ha percibido un aumento de su peso en la economía nacional y su rol como actor social.

    El sector vive un nuevo periodo de cambios, las regulaciones que rigen su funcionamiento han sufrido modificaciones, con...

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    2019 Apr 12

    Puente Musical: Celebrating Chucho Valdés

    8:00pm to 10:00pm

    Location: 

    Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

    Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence Chucho Valdés in concert with Harvard Jazz Bands

    A concert featuring pianist Chucho Valdés, the 2019 Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence, with the Harvard Jazz Bands. The Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Latin Grammy Award Winner. Born into a family of musicians in Quivicán, Havana province, Cuba, Dionisio Jesús "Chucho" Valdés Rodríguez, has distilled elements of the...

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    2019 Apr 12

    The Scroll and the Revolution: The Dilemmas of Writing about the Jews of Cuba

    12:00pm to 1:45pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Behar ImageSpeaker: Ruth Behar, University of Michigan

    Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at Harvard University; Director, Afro...

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    2019 Apr 11

    Chucho Valdés: Narrativas Musicales

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Leverett Library, 25 Mill Street

    Chucho Valdes 1Speaker: Chucho Valdés, composer and pianist

    A través del diálogo entre el pianista y compositor Chucho Valdés y el Prof. Yosvany Terry, Narrativas Musicales ahondará en la vida y obra artística de Valdés, su concepción del Jazz y la música en general, sus contribuciones a la...

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    2019 Feb 15

    Havana's Noise and Rhythm: Understanding Afrocubaneity

    12:00pm to 1:45pm

    Location: 

    104 Mt. Auburn Street 3R, Seminar Room

    Speaker: Pablo D. Herrera Veitia, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

    What is it like to be Afro-Cuban today? After more than a decade’s experience as an Afro-Cuban rap music producer, this is the question at the core of Herrera Veitia’s doctoral research in social anthropology. His presentation will explore how becoming a Hiphop practitioner vested him with a profound interest in the future of urban Afro-Cuban music in Havana. Following the question ‘What is Afro-Cubaneity?’ he argues that understanding what Afro-...

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    2018 Oct 19

    Reflections on Cuban Visual Arts: Race, Politics, and Institutional Development

    12:00pm

    This panel explores how Cuban visual arts constitutes an important platform to understand a wide range of historical and current socio-political issues. The presenters reflect on topics such as the relationship between figurative art, race, and nation, the transcultural dynamics of Cuba’s concrete art, the contributions of monographs to existing historiography, and the role of the Cuban Art Foundation in the development of national arts and society.

    “Concrete Cuba”
    Abigail McEwen, associate professor of Latin American art history at the University of...

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    2018 Sep 14

    Cuba Studies Program: Radio Wars Not Cold Wars: Political Dissidence and Transnational Clandestine Broadcasting

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    Speaker: Alejandra Bronfman, Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies, at the University at Albany-SUNY

    Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics
    Professor of African and African American Studies and of History 
    Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

    Cuba was a center of the Caribbean “radio wars” of the...

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    2018 Apr 25

    Book Presentation: The Cuban Revolution as Gospel: Jose Angel Toirac and Robert Glück present "Parables"

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South, S216, 1730 Cambridge Street

    The Communist Party in Cuba purveyed images of Fidel Castro that borrowed from Christian iconography in order to “sell” Fidel. Cuban artist José Angel Toirac and Bay Area writer Robert Glück present their recent collaboration, the artist book Parables. Parables gathers photos from magazines and newspapers like Granma, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party. It repurposes the Cuban Revolution as a Gospel, a new religion with a new scripture. Fidel performs the life of Christ, from his childhood in Nazareth to his ascension into Heaven. Toirac and Glück will...

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