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Perspectives from Havana: Poet and Writer Nancy Morejón (Week 4 of 6)
Tue May 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly Conversations
What has Cuba been like in the past year?
What is like now?
What have been the major challenges and achievements?
Like the rest of the world, Havana and Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck, including additional measures enacted by the Trump administration and so far not modified or removed by the Biden administration. What has Havana been like the past year? What is it like now? What have been the major challenges and achievements?
All events at 6pm Eastern Time
April 13: From the Perspective of an Economist – Ricardo Torres
April 20 From the Perspective of Science & Healthcare – Luis Montero Cabrera
April 27: From the Perspective of a Sociologist and Feminist – Marta Nuñez
May 04: From the Perspective of a Poet and Writer – Nancy Morejón
May 11: From the Perspective of the Next Generation — David Faya and Isabel Rodriguez
May 18: Do Cuba-US relations have a future? — Estéban Morales
Each week will start with a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and dialogue. The discussion will be moderated by Cole Harrison (Massachusetts Peace Action), Sandra Levinson (Center for Cuban Studies), and Gloria Caballero (Latin American Solidarity Coalition of W. Mass)
Nancy Morejón is one of the foremost voices in Cuban poetry today, as well as a well known essayist. She has received a number of prizes for her work, including the National Prize for Literature and in 2021 the National Alejo Carpentier Award. She was the director of the Cuban Academy of Languages from 2012 to 2016. She was President of the Writers Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) from between 2008 and 2012. Starting with her first book of poems, Mutismos, in 1962, she has published a large body of poetry both in Cuba and internationally. She is considered the most important disseminator of the work of Cuban National poet Nicolás Guillén. She has traveled abroad widely to present her work, participate in international events, and teach. At present, she is an advisor to the Casa de las Américas and director of the magazine Unión, of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba. Additional awards including the Yari-Yari Contemporary Poetry Award (New York University 2004), the Struga Golden Crown Award (Poetry Nights Festival, Macedonia, 2006), and the Rafael Alberti Prize (XII International Poetry Festival, Havana, 2007). In 2009, the Cergy-Pontoise University in Paris awarded her an Honorary Doctorate.
Register to attend (only one registration is needed for the series). At the close of each session you will be given information and options for action to lift the Sanctions and end the Embargo, as well as ways in which you can get involved with the organizations sponsoring and co-sponsoring the series, or hold events and forums in your own community, institution or organization.
Introductions: Merri Ansara and Estéban Morales in Havana. Moderator: Gloria Caballero, Holyoke
Video of previous sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLeH9x4j8kM&list=PLmd7Hgtj_DpqHUNwQ1hSRboJHrBr6lyFX
Massachusetts Peace Action (www.masspeaceaction.org)
Center for Cuban Studies (www.centerforcubanstudies.org)
Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts (https://lascwm.org)
Cosponsors: Saving Lives Campaign, US-Cuba Normalization Coalition, National Network on Cuba, Canadian Network on Cuba, Code Pink, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism, Global Health Partners, July 26 Coalition Boston, Latin American Working Group, US Peace Council, US Women & Cuba Collaboration, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance, Solidarity Collective, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver, Greater Hartford Cuba Solidarity Committee, IFCO/Pastors for Peace.