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Roberto Zurbano: An AfroCuban Journey From the Literary Camp to Social Activism

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012 (map)

Roberto Zurbano is the Fall 2013 Scholar/Writer in residence of the Connecticut College Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Zurbano's career began in the field of literary criticism and from there he went on to support the Cuban Hip Hop movement and proceeded to his current focus, antiracists social activism in Cuba. Zurbano informs us that “…new paths are now opened for Cuban society, but that these do not open on their own and a new active force is the phenomena with which Blacks in Cuba defend their right to a place in society, one free of marginalization and racism.”

His articles and essays have received international criticism and acclaim and have appeared in literary magazines, journals and media worldwide and most recently in the New York Times. Currently, Vanderbilt University's Afro-Hispanic Quarterly is dedicating its entire journal to the international dialogue initiated by this New York Times article. In his writings Zurbano provides insight into new ideas he proposes for the Regional Articulation of Afro-Descendants in Cuba, the newest antiracist organization founded in Cuba in 2012 in collaboration with Afro-Descendant leaders from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sponsored by CLACS, Afrolatin@ Forum, African Diaspora Forum, Africana Studies, and Latino Studies.

The event is free and open to the public. Photo ID required to enter building.

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