Roberto Zurbano’s career began in the field of literary criticism and from there, went on to support the Cuban hiphop movement, which eventually evolved into his current work as a Cuban social activist. His articles and essays have received international criticism and acclaim and have appeared in literary magazines, journals and media worldwide. He has been an invited lecturer at many universities throughout the world. Zurbano provides insight into new ideas he proposes for the Regional Articulation of Afro-Descendants in Cuba, via an antiracist organization founded in Cuba in 2012 in collaboration with Afro-Descendant leaders from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. After a controversially edited and headlined op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times in 2013, he was demoted from his position as chief editor at Casa de las Américas in Havana. He continues to work at the Centro de Investigaciones Literarias at Casa de las Américas. He prepared the introduction to a Cuban edition of Franz Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs. His most recent book is Racismo versus Socialismo en Cuba: un conflicto fuera de lugar.
This talk is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Spanish, and the International Studies Program.