The University of Miami presented talks by three faculty members on the culture of Cuba during a ‘Cane Talks event in April 2017.
The University of Miami presented its spring ’Cane Talks program on April 13, 2017, highlighting three UM faculty whose scholarly work illuminates the rich cultural heritage of Cuba. ‘Cane Talks: Improvisation, Beauty and Resilience: Three Talks on the Culture of Cuba, was followed by a Q & A session with the speakers moderated by Gregory Shepherd, dean of the UM School of Communication.
Introduced in January 2016 during UM President Julio Frenk’s Inauguration, ’Cane Talks are lively ten-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community illuminating big questions we face in the next century. Review other ‘Cane Talks here.
Presentations were made by Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, professor of religious studies in the College of Arts & Sciences; Lillian Manzor, director of UM’s Cuban Digital Theater Archive, and associate professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts & Sciences; and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, lecturer of Studio Music and Jazz in the UM Frost School of Music.
The program was opened by President Frenk.
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Professor of Religious Studies Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado kicked off the ’Cane Talks program on April 13, 2017, entitled Cane Talks: Improvisation, Beauty and Resilience: Three Talks on the Culture of Cuba.
Introduction – UM President Julio Frenk:
Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado
Religious scholar Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado presents “Masking the Virgin Mary: La Caridad del Cobre and Religion’s Resiliency in Cuba,” revealing how the patron saint of Cuba, “La Caridad del Cobre,” has become a symbol of Cuba’s identity and exploring the complexity and resilience of the patron saint’s religious traditions. The presentation was part of a ‘Cane Talks event on campus on April 13, 2017.
Lillian Manzor, director of the UM's Cuban Digital Theater Archive, presents “Theater and Reconciliation: The Power of the Digital Diaspora,” discussing the roles that theater and digital culture can play in building community in a moment and across the fraught borders of time, space, and nations. The presentation was part of a ‘Cane Talks event on campus on April 13, 2017.
Combining performance and personal reflection, award-winning jazz pianist and UM faculty member Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the Frost School of Music, presents “La Música en Mi/The Music in Me,” exploring the reach of Cuban music around the globe and the complexity of the island and its history. (with subtitles)