ALARI is happy to inaugurate the Academic Year 2019-2020 with a Welcome Lunch for faculty, students, fellows, and friends of the Afro-Latin American Studies. The Seminar Series on Afro-Latin American Studies will initiate with Pedro Perez Sarduy's lecture on "The Symbolism of Race in Cuba Today."
Pedro Pérez-Sarduy (Santa Clara, Cuba 1943) is a distinguished award winner poet, writer, journalist, broadcaster and cultural critic residing in London and Havana. In 1962 he was part of the first graduates as literary adviser of the newly founded Escuela Nacional de Arte (National School of Art) in Havana; he studied classical language and literature at the University of Central Marta Abreu, Santa Clara; and English, and French literatures, at the University of Havana (1960-65) , where he did journalism (1967) .
He worked for Cuban National Radio (1965-79) and BBC World Service (1981-1994). He is the author of Surrealidad, 1967; Cumbite and Other Poems (1987, bilingual 1990); Malecón Sigloveinte, 2005. His first novel, Las Criadas de La Habana (The Maids of Havana/Les bonnes de La Havane) 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014. His work is in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse, 2005 and The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, London (2012).
He is co-editor of two seminal books AFROCUBA: An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture, (bilingual 1993, 1998) and Afro-Cuban Voices: On Race and Identity in Contemporary Cuba, 2000. He was: Ford Foundation Writer in Residence Columbia University, 1989; CUNY Caribbean Exchange Program, Hunter College, 1990; Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, University of Florida, 1993; Rockefeller Fellowship Caribbean Program, University of Puerto Rico,1997 and Charles McGill Fellow Visiting Lecturer, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 2004. Pérez-Sarduy was awarded in poetry by Casa de las Américas, 1966; Julián del Casal, UNEAC 1967, and Prix du Livre Insulaire, Ouessant, France, 2008. In 2009 he received in Havana the Victor Hugo UNESCO medal.
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