Bildner Center Series Panel—Havana: Foundation and Legacies

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The Bildner Center will host the panel “The Havana: Foundation and Legacies” on Monday, October 6, 4:00pm at The Graduate Center-CUNY (Room 9206/07). The speakers are Carlos Riobó (City College and Graduate Center, CUNY); Odette Casamayor-Cisneros (University of Connecticut-Storrs) and Hermes Mallea [M(Group), New York].

This Bildner Center Series explores Havana and its legacy since its founding in 1514-1519. Carlos Riobó (City College), Odette Casamayor-Cisneros (University of Connecticut-Storrs), and Hermes Mallea M(Group) focus their discussions on original architecture and literature, ruins, French and Soviet influences in Cuban culture. One presentation will be in Spanish while the other two will be in English.

Car­los Riobó (Ph.D., Yale Uni­ver­sity) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Chairperson of his Department at The City Col­lege of New York, CUNY, and Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center. Dr. Riobó’s publications include Sub-versions of the Archive: Manuel Puig’s and Severo Sarduy’s Alternative Identities (2011); Cuban Intersection of Literary and Urban Spaces (2011); Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization with Mauricio Font (2013); and “Raiding the Anales of the Empire: Sarduy’s Subversions of the Latin American Boom” (2013), for which he won the 2014 Latin American Studies Association’s Sylvia Molloy Award.

Odette Casamayor-Cisneros (Ph.D., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France) is Associate Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Literatures and Cultures at The University of Connecticut-Storrs. Her first book Utopia, distopía e ingravidez: reconfiguraciones cosmológicas en la narrativa post-soviética cubana has been published by Iberoamericana/Vervuert in May 2013. She is currently working on a new book, On being Blacks: Challenging the hegemonic knowledge through racial self-identification processes in post-Soviet Cuban cultural production. Casamayor has been awarded the 2015 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholarship at the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

Hermes Mallea is an architect and a partner in the New York City based firm M(Group) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Mallea studied at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and Columbia University’s graduate school of Historic Preservation. A longtime collector of vintage Cuban photographs, Mr. Mallea has travelled to Cuba frequently to do research and to lecture on historic preservation. In 2011, Mallea published Great Houses of Havana. His upcoming book, Escape, The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour, will be published by Rizzoli in October 2014.

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