OCT. 4, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:
ROBBIN ZELLA, 203-332-5052
Lecture at Housatonic Museum of Art
The Island Adrift: National, Racial and Gender Identity in Contemporary
Bridgeport, CT—On October 11, 2011 at 11am, in the Burt Chernow
Galleries at Housatonic Community College, Odette Casamayor-Cisneros,
Assistant Professor at The University of Connecticut-Storrs, will offer
a lecture exploring issues of identity as well as the political and
socio-economic crisis affecting
the island of Cuba since the collapse of the socialist system in the
Casamayor will discuss the current state of the arts in present-day
Cuban society. This talk is in conjunction with the current exhibit
at the HMA, Polaridad
Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba. This event is free and
open to the public.
Having concentrated her research on Contemporary Latin American and
Caribbean Cultures, Odette Casamayor was also the recipient of a 2005
Rockefeller Foundation Post-doctoral fellowship, which sponsored her
as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Latin American and
Caribbean Studies in the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
In 2003, her paper titled “Negros de papel.
Algunas apariciones del negro en la narrativa cubana después de 1959” received
the Juan Rulfo literary essay award, which is granted by Radio France Internationale.
She is currently writing a book about Post-Soviet Cuban Literature and conducting
a research project on racial inequalities in Contemporary Caribbean Societies.
She received her doctorate in Language Arts and Literature from the School of
Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), in Paris.
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