Fall 2019 

All Year of Cuba events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Please note: Events, dates and times are subject to change. Please continue to check the schedule as fall approaches for any updates/changes to the schedule.

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  • Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

    Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

    Date: Thursday, Sept. 5 - 7, 2019
    Thurs. 7:30 p.m.
    Fri./Sat. 8 p.m.
    Location: Stillwell Theater | $12 - $20

    This solo tour de force tells an astonishing tale centered on three towering figures in the life of protean performer Marissa Chibas: her father, Raul Chibas, who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy Chibas, who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide during a live radio broadcast; and her mother, Dalia Chibas, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959. Zigzagging through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family, Chibas gives an impassioned, live-wire performance that is propelled by her near-death experience in the Venezuelan Amazonia. 

    This production is written and performed by Marissa Chibas and directed by Travis Preston.

  • Generation Zero lecture

    Generation Zero: Contemporary Cuban Narratives

    Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11 
    3:30 p.m.
    Sturgis Library 101

    Dr. Arturo Castro, KSU Assistant Professor of Spanish will lead the first Year of Cuba lecture focused on contemporary Cuban narratives. This event is free. 

    • Cuban Culture - Wall Art

      Cruise the World - Cuba

      Date: Thursday, Sept. 12 
      12:30 - 2 p.m.
      University Rooms A-E

      Organized by the International Student Association, this event introduces the culture of Cuba through an educational presentation led by a KSU student from Cuba, accompanied by music, games, and traditional Cuban cuisine.

      • Cuba Amor

        The Island of My Love: The Faces and Stories of Cuba - An art exhibit

        Date: Thursday, Sept. 19
        Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

        *The opening reception for this exhibit will be on September 19, and it will run through January 5, 2020.

        Sturgis Library

        This exhibit features over 80 works by 35 different Cuban artists, this interactive exhibit is curated by Dr. Miwon Choe of Western Kentucky University and Dr. Jesus Molina, Director of the Jose Antonio Dias Pelaez Experimental Art School in Havana. This exhibit project is organized at KSU by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in partnership with the College of the Arts and the Division of Global Affairs. Location: Athenaeum Gallery, 2nd Floor, Sturgis Library, Kennesaw Campus.

        • Old Havana

          World Heritage Areas in Cuba

          Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24
          2 p.m.
          Sturgis Library 101

          There are nine total UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cuba. In this lecture, Dr. Jennifer Dickey, KSU Coordinator of Public History and Associate Professor of History will highlight these sites including Old Havana and its Fortification System, Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios, and Viñales Valley.

          • Nicaraguan Revolutionaries

            Cuba as the Good Country: My personal experiences with Nicaraguan and Guatemalan ‘revolutionaries’ in the 70s and 80s

            Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
            2:30 p.m.
            Sturgis Library 101

            Dr. Alan Lebaron, KSU Professor of History will lead this lecture in which he will relate his experience with Nicaraguan and Guatemalan "revolutionaries" during the 70s and 80s with the "revolutionaries" of Cuba.

            • El Toque logo

              Cuban Journalists and Independent Media Residency

              Date: Week of Oct. 7 - 10

              Featuring Cuban journalists, Elaine Díaz Rodríguez (Editor in Chief of Periodismo de Barrio), and José Jasán Nieves Cárdenas (General Coordinator of elTOQUE).

              Events Schedule:

              Periodismo de Barrio and elTOQUE:   A Community of Many Voices
              October 7    
              3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.     
              Convocation Center Room 2007

              Digital Media Literacy & Authorship
              October 8   
              12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
              Sturgis Library 101

              New Independent Media, Free Press in Cuba and The Constitutional Referendum
              October 9     
              12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.   
              Sturgis Library 101
              *Reception to follow

              New Cuban Independent Media and the Building of Civil Society
              October 10    
              11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
              Sturgis Owl Wall

              • Women's Rights in Cuba

                Las Damas de Blanco: Women’s Human Rights Activism in Cuba

                Date: Thursday, Oct. 17
                9:30 a.m.
                Sturgis Library 101

                Join Dr. Gail Markle, KSU Associate Professor of Sociology, as she discusses Women's Human Rights Activism in Cuba in this library lecture.

                • Cuban money

                  The Cuban Economy: Private versus Cooperative Sectors and Underground Markets

                  Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
                  11 a.m.
                  Burruss Building Rm 152

                  Speaker: Dr. Archibald Ritter, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics, Carleton College

                  • Cuban Market

                    Public and Private, Market and Plan: Lessons from Cuba and the United States

                    Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
                    3:30 p.m.
                    Burruss Building Rm 151

                    Speaker: Dr. Archibald Ritter, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics, Carleton College

                    • La Borinquena

                      Cuban Superheroes

                      Date: November 11 - 22
                      Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Marietta Campus

                      Art Exhibit featuring curation and work by KSU School of Art and Design students. Each student will create their own version of a Cuban super hero based upon what they know about the country as well as the popular culture of superheroes.

                      • The Singular Story of Unlucky Juan

                        The Singular Story of Unlucky Juan (Film Screening)

                        Date: Thursday, Nov. 14
                        Time: 11 a.m.

                        "In this film directed by Ricardo Figueredo Oliva, a fictional worker named Juan serves as an example of the economic struggles Cubans encounter. Viewers learn that, like so many Cubans today, Juan struggles to make ends meet. Divided into chapters, the film covers issues including rations, private business, corruption and economic migrations" - Steve Bynum, WBEZ Chicago, Original Article

                        "The Singular Story of Unlucky Juan has the audacity to openly and bravely question the reality of the average Cuban who, even with their standard rations, is barely scraping by." —Havana Times

                      • Cuban Entrepreneurs

                        Entrepreneurship in Cuba Today

                        Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20
                        Burruss Building 152
                        Time: 11:15 a.m.

                        Join speaker Vivian Kirby, KSU Senior Lecturer of Economics, as she covers entrepreneurship in Cuba today.
                        • Study Abroad in Cuba

                          MSCM Study Abroad Student Perspectives on Cuba

                          Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
                          Sturgis Library 101
                          Time: 2:30 p.m.

                          Join us as students in the Master of Science in Conflict Management program share their experiences and perspectives on Cuba after their study abroad trip to the country.