When: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Where: The Graduate Center at CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., Between 34th & 35th, Skylight Room (9100)
New York, NY 10016
“Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression”
As a part of the Futures Initiative’s Encountering Cuba class, join social activist, poet and author of the recent publication “Haydée Santamaría” (2015), Margaret Randall, for a discussion of her book with CUNY professor, Sujatha Fernandes. Practically unknown outside of Cuba, the beloved Haydée Santamaría was a trusted collaborator with Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other well-known Cuban freedom fighters. After the triumph of the revolution, Haydée Santamaría founded and directed the famous Cuban cultural arts institution, Casa de las Américas, which was known among revolutionary circles abroad to attract brilliant artists and connect Cubans to the world’s greatest creative thinkers, all while protecting Black, queer and feminist from state repression.
During this event, Randall will also read a piece from her new poetry which was inspired by her trip to Cuba in the 1970s. This event is cosponsored by Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.