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Three Faculty to Present ’Cane Talks on Cuba

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    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – A Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer; a religious studies scholar whose interests include Latino/Latina, Latin American, and feminist theologies; and the director for a repository of materials and scholarship on the history Cuban theater will illuminate Cuba’s rich cultural heritage and what it means for the world during the next series of ’Cane Talks on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center. The three talks will be from 6-7 p.m., followed by a Q & A from 7-7:30 p.m.

    Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a lecturer of studio music and jazz in the Frost School of Music who was born in Havana to a musical family, will combine performance and reflection to trace some of the influences that have shaped his work, beginning in Cuba and spanning the globe, when he presents “La Musica en Mi” as one of the talks in this latest series, titled “Improvisation, Beauty, and Resilience: Three Talks on the Culture of Cuba.”

    In her talk, “Masking the Virgin Mary,” Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, a professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss how La Caridad del Cobre, the patron saint of Cuba, is a symbol of that country’s identity, and the complexity and resilience of its religious traditions.

    And in “Theater and Reconciliation: The Power of the Digital Diaspora,” Lillian Manzor, associate professor and chair of modern languages and literatures and director of UM’s Cuban Digital Theater Archive, will talk about the roles that theater and digital culture play in building community across the fraught borders of time, space, and nations.

    A Q & A moderated by School of Communication Dean Gregory Shepherd will follow the talks, prior to which a faculty reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Hurricane 100 Room at the Watsco Center.

    Tickets to the talks at the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center are free but seating is limited.

    Unveiled in late January 2016 during the week of inauguration-related activities for UM President Julio Frenk, ’Cane Talks are lively 10-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community illuminating big questions we face in the next century.

    The inaugural 10 ’Cane Talks are available for viewing at

    Other UM events focusing on Cuba:

    • Yoani Sánchez, a UM Distinguished Presidential Fellow and internationally acclaimed independent journalist, will speak on “Women in Contemporary Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities during Times of Change” on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Newman Alumni Center. The lecture and Q & A are in Spanish; translation services available on request. For tickets, click here.
    • Two current exhibitions at the Lowe Art Museum showcase Cuban artists: Unconscious Thoughts Animate the World and Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections. For information, visit the museum website.

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