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Cuba: Behind the Scenes

Events | Headline and Cultural Forums

Copresented with Artists Repertory Theatre
Free public talks on various aspects of Cuban culture and society, past and present, offered in conjunction with Artists Repertory Theatre's world premiere production of the new musical Cuba Libre at the Winningstad Theatre from October 3 - November 8. All talks take place on Sundays at 1 p.m. on the second floor level of the Winningstad Theatre at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 SW Broadway Ave. These talks are free and open to the public.

October 4
Julia Cooke

Cooke, author of the The Other Side of Paradise, discusses youth culture and the last generation to come of age under Fidel Castro.

October 11
Blair Woodard

Woodard, Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Portland talks about The Special Period in Time of Peace in Cuba, the extended period of economic crisis that began in 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, as background to Cuba Libre's setting. Woodard is the Historical Consultant for Cuba Libre.

October 18
Elliott Young

Professor of Latin American and Borderlands history at Lewis & Clark College, Young talks about the history of race and racism in Cuba from the time of Jose Marti through the Revolution.

October 25     

Matt Berger
Host of KMHD Jazz Radio’s The Latin Tinge, who will talk about the “Latin Tinge” -  the cross-cultural conversation that’s been going on between New Orleans and Havana since well before the 20th century.

November 1
Dámaso Rodriguez

Dámaso Rodriguez, Artists Rep’s Cuban-American Artistic Director and director of Cuba Libre, shares his reflections on his October trip to Cuba as a cultural ambassador.


November 8

Carol Slegers
Slegers, of Cuba AyUUda, shares stories of First Unitarian Church 13-year old program that has brought hundreds of Oregonians to Cuba, forging meaningful friendships and deep connections.


No registration necessary; free and open to the public

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