UC-CUBA 2016 Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Published: August 16, 2016

The UC-CUBA Multi-Campus Academic Initiative will hold its seventh annual Graduate Student Conference and Workshop on November 3-4, 2016. The conference will be held at the University of California Merced. UC-CUBA is a supportive, inclusive, and diverse community that nurtures graduate student research, builds networks, and fosters dialogue between Cuba scholars that offer ideologically pluralistic viewpoints.

UC-CUBA invites scholarly exploration of any topic related to the history, politics, economics, sciences, culture or society of Cuba and its diaspora, as well as its intellectual, artistic, and scientific expressions and achievements, past, present, or future. Paper submissions will be accepted from UC graduate students in, but not limited to, a wide range of disciplines representing the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Arts, and Sciences. We welcome papers that represent a broad array of theoretical and methodological approaches, and especially encourage graduate students whose research enhances fresh and innovative transnational, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives on Cuban Studies.

Interested graduate students should submit a 250-word abstract of their paper, along with the following information: author's 1 page CV including academic affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address, to rafernan@uci.edu. UC faculty with Cuba-related expertise who are interested in serving as panel discussants are also encouraged to send inquiries, including their academic affiliation, and contact information, and current CV, to the above email.

Please note: attendance at the UC-Cuba Graduate Conference is by invitation only.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 6, 2016. Notifications of acceptance/refusal will be sent out by September 20, 2016, along with specific instructions for presentation. For further information about other UC-Cuba activities, please email: rafernan@uci.edu.

Ana Niria Albo from CASA in Habana visits UC and CSU campuses

Published: May 20, 2016

Ana Niria Albo

Ana Niria Albo, the Assistant Director of the Program for the Study of Latinos in the United States at CASA DE LAS AMÉRICAS in Havana visited California, at UC-CUBA’s invitation from May 8th to May 20th. The Study of Latinos in the United States program at CASA was founded with a mission to explore issues of identity, social conditions, education, and relations with countries of origin, that affect the growing Latino population in the United States.

Albo's own doctoral research focuses on the role played by concepts of race, especially blackness and indigeneity, in the identities of latina/o youth; she also has interests in the undocumented student movement and in issues of educational social justice in general. Her trip had three goals: (1) to inform us about her research, (2) to use the trip as a sort of 'field work' that will support her investigations on Latinos and education in the United States, and (3) to organize UC-CUBA’s participation and potential co-sponsorship of CASA’s October 2017 International Conference on Latinos and Education in the United States.

During her visit Ana Niria Albo made presentations at UC Irvine, UC Merced, UCLA, CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Stanislaus and CSU Northridge.

Latin American Studies Conference in San Bernardino

Published: May 1, 2016

Latin American Studies Conference CSUSB

The Latin American Studies conference at CSU San Bernardino, focused this year on Cuba, was a first-rate gathering with numerous and excellent presentations. The UC-CUBA contingent was well-represented with panel interventions by Magda Matuskova, Jennifer Monti, David Ramirez, Andy Martinez, Dan Whitesell, Bethany Beyer, Susannah Rodriguez Drissi, Amalia Cabezas, and a lecture by Raul Fernandez. Below a snapshot of Susannah, Bethany, and Dan Whitesell during their presentation.

New Cuba exhibit at MIM in Phoenix, Arizona

Published: May 1, 2016

New Cuba Exhibit

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, just opened a beautiful expanded exhibit dedicated to Cuba, drawing from their diverse collection of Cuban instruments, including a number of significant new acquisitions.

The many superb instruments include personal instruments of several cherished Cuban artists, i.e. the set of batá made and played for decades by Oscar Valdés, including throughout the time of Irakere, the 1957 WFL timbales Guillermo Barreto played on Descargas Cubanas, four pieces original to Los Muñequitos de Matazas and former director Jesús Alfonso Miró, a violin of Celso Valdés who has dedicated 60 years to playing with Orquesta Aragón, and exceptional Afro-Cuban beadwork from NEA National Heritage Fellow Felip Garcia Villamil.

Click on the link to see news release and additional image.


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