CUBA 60 aniversario CUBA INGLATERRA

Bienvenidos a todos.

 Instituto Cubano de                           Centre for Research on Cuba

Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello

Foro de Investigación sobre Cuba

XXII Congreso Anual

10-11 de abril 2019

60 años de la Revolución: Reflexiones y miradas interdisciplinarias a su sociedad y su cultura

9:00 – 9:30     Inauguracion


9:30 – 10:30   Panel: Sesenta años de la cultura como escudo de la

                                  Revolución.

                      Coordinador: Arnold August 60 m

Arnold August: La cultura política de la resistencia ideológica.
Rafael Acosta de Arriba (ICIC): La cultura cubana en los sesenta, un verdadero campo de batalla.                                                                
Rodrigo Espina Prieto (ICIC): Cultura, cultura popular y resistencia.
Luis Toledo Sande: ¿Qué significa la cultura como escudo de la nación?

10:30 – 10:50   Debate

10:50 – 11:05   Tony Kapcia (Univ. Nottingham): La evolución del socialismo

​​     cubano a partir del 1959 y su relacióncon el nacionalismo.    

                                               

11:05 – 11:20    Francisca López Civeira (UH): La estrategia discursiva de

                          Fidel en enero de 1959 y los referentes históricos.  

11:20 – 11:40     Debate  

11:40 – 12:55    Panel: La crítica literaria en la Revolución: una vez más a

                          debate.

                          Coordinadora: Dra. Marta Lesmes Albis (Instituto de Literatura

                          y Lingüística)

Marta Lesmes Albis: La crítica literaria hoy: una fundamentación necesaria.
Arianna Rodríguez (ILL): Miradas a la crítica cubana: el lapso de 1980 a 2000.
Raiza Rodríguez Domínguez (ILL): Crítica literaria contemporánea y perspectiva de género en Cuba (década del 90 hasta 2012).
Denise Ocampo Álvarez (ILL): La crítica de literatura infantil y juvenil en la Revolución.
Ileana Mendoza (ILL): La crítica revolucionaria: miradas al ensayo teatral.

12:55 –1:15   Debate

1:15 – 2:00    Almuerzo

2:00 – 2:15    James Clifford Kent (Royal Holloway, London): A lo cubano: Fotografía

                     documental cubana contemporánea

2:15 2:40    Isabel Story (Nottingham) y Anna Clayfield (University of Chester):

                     Olive green graphics: tracing revolutionary change through

                     magazine cover art.  

2:40 – 2:55    Guy Baron (Aberystwth University, Wales, UK): La cultura

                     cubana de los ochenta: Hacia un renacer

2:55 – 3:15     Debate

3:15 – 4:00    Panel: La Revolución cubana a través del cine. Entre un  

                      mundo real y un mundo posible. (UH)  

                      Coordinador: Yordan Palomo Molina

Kenia Herrera Izquierdo
Luis Boffill del Pino.  

4:004:20    Debate    

Jueves 11

9:00 10:30     Panel: Hacer y pensar la revolución cubana 60 años

                        después. (ICIC, Cátedra Gramsci).

                        Coordinadora: Caridad Massón Sena

Caridad Massón Sena: Perspectivas de lucha del Movimiento 26 de Julio.
Rosario Alfonso Parodi: Presupuestos ideológicos, objetivos políticos y contradicciones de las organizaciones insurreccionales.
Alejandro Gumá Ruiz: La desmesura de la pretensión. En torno al Departamento de Filosofía.
Fernando Rojas: Ruta crítica del sindicalismo cubano: hacia una nueva CTC.
Guillermo López Lezcano: Pensamiento crítico. Expresión de la joven intelectualidad revolucionaria.
Luis Emilio Aybar Toledo: Las relaciones laborales en el Ministerio de Industrias de Cuba.

10:30 – 10:50   Debate

10:50 – 12:20    Panel: Sociedad Cubana

                        Coordinadora: Elaine Morales Chuco(ICIC)

Par Kumaraswami (Univ. Reading): Moralidad y mercado: cultura y bienestar a lo largo de la Revolución Cubana.
Mildred de la Torre Molina (Inst. Historia) y Ana Vera Estrada (ICIC): Las políticas culturales como políticas sociales en los sesenta: casa, familia, educación.
Lauren Collins (Univ. Nottingham): Cuba and Climate Change:

Sixty years of preparation?

Denise Ocampo Álvarez (ILL): Literatura infantil y prioridad sociopolítica. Educación y cultura para el hombre nuevo.
Ealine morales Chuco: Identidades y percepciones de exclusión en jóvenes habaneros.
Rosi Smith (Univ. Nottingham): Percepciones de la educación superior de estudiantes de universidades comunitarias en Cuba y el Reino Unido.

12:20 – 1:00    Debate

1:00 – 2:00       Almuerzo

2:00 – 3:30       Mesa Redonda: La municipalización de la universidad cubana

                                                 y su legado comunitario.

                       Coordinadora: Rosi Smith (Univ. Nottingham)

Jorge Nuñez Jover (GUCID)
Ariamnis Quiñones (GUCID)
Rita González Delgado (UH)
Leticia de las M.García Rosabal (CUM Bartolomé Masó, Granma).
Norge Imerio Pérez Ramírez (CUM Bartolomé Masó, Granma).

3:30 – 4:00     Debate  

4:00                Clausura (Tony y Elena)


 Instituto Cubano de                           Centre for Research on Cuba

Investigación Cultural

     Juan Marinello

Foro de Investigación sobre Cuba

XXII Congreso Anual

 10-11 de abril 2019

60 años de la Revolución: Reflexiones y miradas interdisciplinarias a su sociedad y su cultura

9:00 – 9:30     Inauguracion

9:30 – 10:30   Panel: Sesenta años de la cultura como escudo de la

                                  Revolución.

                      Coordinador: Arnold August 60 m

Arnold August: La cultura política de la resistencia ideológica.
Rafael Acosta de Arriba (ICIC): La cultura cubana en los sesenta, un verdadero campo de batalla.                                                                
Rodrigo Espina Prieto (ICIC): Cultura, cultura popular y resistencia.
Luis Toledo Sande: ¿Qué significa la cultura como escudo de la nación?

10:30 – 10:50   Debate

10:50 – 11:05   Tony Kapcia (Univ. Nottingham): La evolución del socialismo

​​     cubano a partir del 1959 y su relacióncon el nacionalismo.    

                                               

11:05 – 11:20    Francisca López Civeira (UH): La estrategia discursiva de

                          Fidel en enero de 1959 y los referentes históricos.  

11:20 – 11:40     Debate  

11:40 – 12:55    Panel: La crítica literaria en la Revolución: una vez más a

                          debate.

                          Coordinadora: Dra. Marta Lesmes Albis (Instituto de Literatura

                          y Lingüística)

Marta Lesmes Albis: La crítica literaria hoy: una fundamentación necesaria.
Arianna Rodríguez (ILL): Miradas a la crítica cubana: el lapso de 1980 a 2000.
Raiza Rodríguez Domínguez (ILL): Crítica literaria contemporánea y perspectiva de género en Cuba (década del 90 hasta 2012).
Denise Ocampo Álvarez (ILL): La crítica de literatura infantil y juvenil en la Revolución.
Ileana Mendoza (ILL): La crítica revolucionaria: miradas al ensayo teatral.

12:55 –1:15   Debate

1:15 – 2:00    Almuerzo

2:00 – 2:15    James Clifford Kent (Royal Holloway, London): A lo cubano: Fotografía

                     documental cubana contemporánea

2:15 2:40    Isabel Story (Nottingham) y Anna Clayfield (University of Chester):

                     Olive green graphics: tracing revolutionary change through

                     magazine cover art.  

2:40 – 2:55    Guy Baron (Aberystwth University, Wales, UK): La cultura

                     cubana de los ochenta: Hacia un renacer

2:55 – 3:15     Debate

3:15 – 4:00    Panel: La Revolución cubana a través del cine. Entre un  

                      mundo real y un mundo posible. (UH)  

                      Coordinador: Yordan Palomo Molina

Kenia Herrera Izquierdo
Luis Boffill del Pino.  

4:004:20    Debate    

Jueves 11

9:00 10:30     Panel: Hacer y pensar la revolución cubana 60 años

                        después. (ICIC, Cátedra Gramsci).

                        Coordinadora: Caridad Massón Sena

Caridad Massón Sena: Perspectivas de lucha del Movimiento 26 de Julio.
Rosario Alfonso Parodi: Presupuestos ideológicos, objetivos políticos y contradicciones de las organizaciones insurreccionales.
Alejandro Gumá Ruiz: La desmesura de la pretensión. En torno al Departamento de Filosofía.
Fernando Rojas: Ruta crítica del sindicalismo cubano: hacia una nueva CTC.
Guillermo López Lezcano: Pensamiento crítico. Expresión de la joven intelectualidad revolucionaria.
Luis Emilio Aybar Toledo: Las relaciones laborales en el Ministerio de Industrias de Cuba.

10:30 – 10:50   Debate

10:50 – 12:20    Panel: Sociedad Cubana

                        Coordinadora: Elaine Morales Chuco(ICIC)

Par Kumaraswami (Univ. Reading): Moralidad y mercado: cultura y bienestar a lo largo de la Revolución Cubana.
Mildred de la Torre Molina (Inst. Historia) y Ana Vera Estrada (ICIC): Las políticas culturales como políticas sociales en los sesenta: casa, familia, educación.
Lauren Collins (Univ. Nottingham): Cuba and Climate Change:

Sixty years of preparation?

Denise Ocampo Álvarez (ILL): Literatura infantil y prioridad sociopolítica. Educación y cultura para el hombre nuevo.
Ealine morales Chuco: Identidades y percepciones de exclusión en jóvenes habaneros.
Rosi Smith (Univ. Nottingham): Percepciones de la educación superior de estudiantes de universidades comunitarias en Cuba y el Reino Unido.

12:20 – 1:00    Debate

1:00 – 2:00       Almuerzo

2:00 – 3:30       Mesa Redonda: La municipalización de la universidad cubana

                                                 y su legado comunitario.

                       Coordinadora: Rosi Smith (Univ. Nottingham)

Jorge Nuñez Jover (GUCID)
Ariamnis Quiñones (GUCID)
Rita González Delgado (UH)
Leticia de las M.García Rosabal (CUM Bartolomé Masó, Granma).
Norge Imerio Pérez Ramírez (CUM Bartolomé Masó, Granma).

3:30 – 4:00     Debate  

4:00                Clausura (Tony y Elena)

One year ago today in Havana. Fidel Castro

One year ago today in Havana. While in Havana to attend the funeral for Fidel Castro I was invited, as a foreign guest, by the Association of Cuban Journalists (UPEC) to attend the special meeting of Cuban journalists to recall their respective experiences with Fidel. The following was a report from Cuba on that activity:

FIDEL Sincere Memories

Tribuna de La Habana, Saturday, December 3, 2016

by Yelena Rodríguez

Translated from the original Spanish.

It was always a dream of mine to see him up close, to shake his hand, give him a hug. When I chose journalism for a career, my aspirations grew and I started dreaming of interviewing him, listening while he talked about his childhood and the guerrilla.

While I have no stories to tell of time spent by his side, nor any photographs of me with him, I can share a “recipe” given to the press by that greatest of Cuban journalists, Fidel Castro himself, a man who skillfully strode the tortuous paths of research, discussion, and argument: “To be a journalist is a vision, a conviction, a spirit pulsing through you; it springs from the authentic feeling that one is useful to the cause.”

I harbor memories of his words and teachings, and I have had the privilege to hear, from colleagues who knew him, of his humaneness, his witticisms, his extraordinary memory, and his feats as a guerrilla and a man of letters:

-Marta Rojas, laureate, José Martí National Journalism Prize: “My first encounter was when I was a university student and I saw him standing next to a car parked by my school.

“The second time I saw him, he was getting a haircut at Adolfito’s, the storied barber shop on Neptuno Street. Fidel was vying with the barber himself to be the Orthodox Party candidate for the position of municipal assembly delegate from Cayo Hueso. The contest between them turned into an alliance, and Fidel ultimately became the delegate.”

-Lesmes La Rosa, Radio Progreso journalist: “There was an official awards ceremony over which Fidel presided, and I was covering the event. At the end, they brought me over to him to show him what I’d written. ‘You’re a journalist?’ he asked.

“He read my article carefully, and when he got to the last paragraph he said: ‘Looks great, but you’ve written here that the honorees will be presented with a “replica” of the Granma. Your readers might think you’re talking about a full-sized boat. How about specifying, “a scale-model of the Granma?”’ I realized then that he was a stickler for detail, but also a man of great simplicity. ‘Yes, that works,’ I replied, and so my article found its final form.”

-Arnold August, Canadian journalist: “I was present for every stage of the Cuban elections that took place in 1997 and 1998. Based on that experience and my reading of Cuba’s history, I wrote a book to counter the disinformation that exists in the world around democracy and elections in Cuba.

“In 2000, I was invited to one of the Cuban television roundtables along with other foreign colleagues, and there we were able to see Fidel as a Cuban like any other. After the debate, Fidel came over and told me that my work was very important because it was one way in which to convey the truth about democracy and social participation in Cuba to the capitalist countries. I will always treasure that encounter as one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Source:

http://www.tribuna.cu/especiales/evocacion-sincera

New! Cuba-U.S. Relations Toronto Book Launch: “‘Never trust imperialism – not one iota.’”

On July 8, Miguel Díaz-Canel, first vice president of the Cuba  Councils of State and Ministers, gave a speech during the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Che.

He said that Cuba will not make concessions inherent to its sovereignty and independence and will not negotiate its principles. To emphasise his point, Miguel Díaz-Canel quoted the immortal statement by Che:

“‘Never trust imperialism – not one iota.’”

You are probably looking at the next President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers.

Photo: Juvenal Balán

Everyone is welcome to the Friday October 13 Toronto book launch of CUBA–U.S. RELATIONS. Among other issues, discuss this juncture in the Cuban political system and its effects on Cuba–U.S. relations. In addition to the panelists, the Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Toronto Tania López Larroque can respond to any questions.

Full info here:

The Different Booklist event page

http://bit.ly/2kvGRti

Web site:

https://cubausrelations.com/Blog/cubausrelations-arnoldaugust-toronto/

Julio Fonseca York University: One of Panelists for Toronto Book Launch of Cuba-U.S. Relations

All are invited to the Toronto launch of Arnold August’s latest book, Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

The evening will feature a panel discussion with Arnold August, Keith Ellis, Julio Fonseca, and moderated by Elizabeth Hill (CCFA, Toronto).

Friday, October 13 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Different Booklist

777-779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 0B7

Bathurst Station Eastbound Platform

Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing and A Different Booklist

Julio Fonseca. M.A. Applied and Theoretical Linguistics. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University, Toronto Course Director, Spanish and Portuguese Section, D.L.L.L., Spanish Business Communication and Culture, Schulich School of Business, York University.

Further information: FaceBook-

https://www.facebook.com/events/110955159576979/?acontext={%22ref%22:%22106%22,%22action_history%22:%22null%22}

And web site-

https://cubausrelations.com/Blog/cuba-montreal-author-arnold-august-book-launch/

KEITH ELLIS ON PANEL FOR TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH of Cuba-US Relations

All are invited to the Toronto launch of Arnold August’s latest book, Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

The evening will feature a panel discussion with Arnold August, Keith Ellis, Julio Fonseca, and moderated by Elizabeth Hill (CCFA, Toronto).

Friday, October 13 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Different Booklist

777-779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 0B7

Bathurst Station Eastbound Platform

Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing and A Different Booklist

Keith Ellis. Born in Jamaica. Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, and Professor of Merit. Doctor honoris causa from the University of Havana and the Order of Distinction from the government of Jamaica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Author of the Foreword to Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

“Arnold August brings to the task his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening one.”

— Keith Ellis

Further information: FaceBook-

https://www.facebook.com/events/110955159576979/?acontext={%22ref%22:%22106%22,%22action_history%22:%22null%22}

And web site-

https://cubausrelations.com/Blog/cuba-montreal-author-arnold-august-book-launch/

Toronto launch of Arnold August’s latest book, Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond

Trump’s Cuba Policy

NEW on Cuba-U.S. Relations! On September 29, the US decided to withdraw 27 people from its Embassy in Havana leaving only a skeleton staff. (It was re-opened in the summer of 2015 a result of the accord reached by Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama on December 17, 2014.) On October 3 at 9 AM the U.S. State Department phoned the Cuban Ambassador to Washington informing him that 15 Cuba diplomats must leave the US within seven days. On the same day, at 3 PM, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez held a Press Conference in Havana. He once again rejected the false accusation of “sonic” attacks against US diplomats. They are being used as a pretext for the hasty U.S. actions.

 

What is happening? What are the facts?

 

This will be the main theme of his Panel presentation contextualized in the book’s analysis of Trump’s Cuba policy. Listen to and discuss with author and Cuba expert Arnold August as he launches his third book on Cuba in Toronto.

We have a very prestigious panel consisting of KEITH ELLIS and JULIO FONSECA. Do not miss their presentations!

The evening will feature a panel discussion with author Arnold August,

Keith Ellis,

and Julio Fonseca,

and moderated by Elizabeth Hill (CCFA, Toronto).

Friday, October 13 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Different Booklist

777-779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 0B7

Bathurst Station Eastbound Platform

Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing and A Different BookList

Keith Ellis. Born in Jamaica. Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, and Professor of Merit. Doctor honoris causa from the University of Havana and the Order of Distinction from the government of Jamaica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Author of the Foreword to Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

Julio Fonseca. M.A. Applied and Theoretical Linguistics. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University, Toronto Course Director, Spanish and Portuguese Section, D.L.L.L., Spanish Business Communication and Culture, Schulich School of Business, York University.

Greetings from the Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Toronto, Tania López Larroque.

Greetings from the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto, Luis Acuña Cedeño: “Views on Venezuela in the Book and the Current Situation.”

All author’s royalties from the sale of the book at this event will be donated to the CNC’s Hurricane Irma Relief & Reconstruction for Cuba Campaign. 

About the book:

Against the background of the history of Cuba–U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama’s ini­tiative and Trump’s election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba’s artistic field, ideology and politics. Based on twenty years of fieldwork in and investigation of Cuba, this book provides a unique perspective on the island’s diverse approaches to the cultural war being waged by the U.S. and illustrates the heterogeneous nature of Cuban society.

EXTRACTS FROM SOME PRAISE AND THE FOREWORD AS PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK:

“Arnold August brings to the task his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening one.”

— Keith Ellis

“This book could not have been more timely. With Fidel Castro’s death focusing outside attention on Cuba’s future and with Trump’s election throwing U.S.–Cuban “normalization” into question, Arnold August contests the common assumptions and public rhetoric about Cuban politics and about that ‘normalization.’”

— Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham

“August provides the reader with a bridge across time and nations to understand the changes that have led to the “normalization” of Cuba–U.S. relations and serves as a guide to the Trump future.”
— Helen Yaffe, London School of Economics

“Here at last for English-speaking readers is a full overview of U.S. relations with Cuba from Cuban points of view. The book is essential background for understanding whatever President Trump has in store.”
— Cliff DuRand, Morgan State University

Endorsed by:

Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC)

Canadian-Cuba Friendship Association CCFA, Toronto

Asociación de Cubanos en Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”

The Hugo Chávez People’s Defense Front

The Worker to Worker Canada–Cuba Solidarity Network

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Toronto Book Launch CUBA-U.S. RELATIONS

All are invited to the Toronto launch of Arnold August’s latest book:

Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

Trump and Cuba.

The evening will feature a panel discussion with Arnold August, Keith Ellis, Julio Fonseca, and moderated by Elizabeth Hill (CCFA, Toronto).

Friday, October 13 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Different Booklist

777-779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 0B7

Bathurst Station Eastbound Platform

Sponsored by Fernwood Publishing and A Different BookList

Keith Ellis. Born in Jamaica. Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, and Professor of Merit. Doctor honoris causa from the University of Havana and the Order of Distinction from the government of Jamaica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Author of the Foreword to Cuba–U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond.

Julio Fonseca. M.A. Applied and Theoretical Linguistics. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University, Toronto Course Director, Spanish and Portuguese Section, D.L.L.L., Spanish Business Communication and Culture, Schulich School of Business, York University.

Greetings from the Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Toronto, Tania López Larroque.

Greetings from the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto, Luis Acuña Cedeño: “Views on Venezuela in the Book and the Current Situation.”

All author’s royalties from the sale of the book at this event will be donated to the CNC’s Hurricane Irma Relief & Reconstruction for Cuba Campaign. 

About the book:

Against the background of the history of Cuba–U.S. interconnectedness and in light of Obama’s ini­tiative and Trump’s election, Arnold August deals with the relationship between the two countries, delving into past and current U.S. aggression against Cuba’s artistic field, ideology and politics. Based on twenty years of fieldwork in and investigation of Cuba, this book provides a unique perspective on the island’s diverse approaches to the cultural war being waged by the U.S. and illustrates the heterogeneous nature of Cuban society.

EXTRACTS FROM SOME PRAISE AND THE FOREWORD AS PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK:

“Arnold August brings to the task his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening one.”

— Keith Ellis

“This book could not have been more timely. With Fidel Castro’s death focusing outside attention on Cuba’s future and with Trump’s election throwing U.S.–Cuban “normalization” into question, Arnold August contests the common assumptions and public rhetoric about Cuban politics and about that ‘normalization.’”

— Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham

“August provides the reader with a bridge across time and nations to understand the changes that have led to the “normalization” of Cuba–U.S. relations and serves as a guide to the Trump future.”
— Helen Yaffe, London School of Economics

“Here at last for English-speaking readers is a full overview of U.S. relations with Cuba from Cuban points of view. The book is essential background for understanding whatever President Trump has in store.”
— Cliff DuRand, Morgan State University

Endorsed by:

Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC)

Canada–Cuba Friendship Association CCFA, Toronto

Asociación de Cubanos en Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”

The Hugo Chávez People’s Defense Front

The Worker to Worker Canada–Cuba Solidarity Network

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A very short extract from Keith Ellis’ Foreword to the book Cuba–U.S. Relations by Arnold August

A very short extract from Keith Ellis’ Foreword to the book Cuba–U.S. Relations.

“What does a Canadian progressive intellectual do when a revolution

made by the people of Cuba has won, because of its spirit and its

achievements, his admiration and his loyalty? What does he do when

this revolution, which, he shows, is the authentic culmination of a process

that has involved all the salient stages of Cuba’s history, of its struggles, now

finds itself in a time of unprecedented complexity and new difficulties, fed in

part by the very successes of the Revolution? Arnold August brings to the task

his finest gift, his superbly developed talent as a journalist, understanding

this to mean the habit of assessing different aspects and representations of

reality, so that he offers an ultimate fairness to the reasonable and humane

reader. August constantly exhibits a related attribute: his remarkable power

of analysis. The two together make the experience of reading him an enlightening

one. His research work for this book, as for others on related topics,

led him to live in Cuba for important periods of time, to live among Cubans

and notice 1) how Fidel’s extraordinary power of analysis has been reflected

in the Cuban population and 2) the impact its diffusion throughout the

society has had on producing the calm, pleasant affability that underpins

the stability of Cuba during times that could have been tempestuous. The

people know how to think, and August has the superior skills, derived from

his affinity for truth-telling, to produce a reliable picture of the complexities

of their reaction to attempts to beguile them.”

Keith Ellis (Jamaica 1935) is Professor Emeritus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,

University of Toronto, and Professor of Merit, the University of Havana. He taught Latin

American poetry until his retirement, publishing many books and articles in this area.

His own poetry has appeared in several journals in the Caribbean, North America and

China. Among his awards are the Dulce María Loynaz International Prize (Cuba), the

Andrés Bello Medal (Venezuela), Doctor honoris causa from the University of Havana

and the Order of Distinction (cd) from the government of Jamaica. He is a Fellow of the

Royal Society of Canada.”

His remarkable Foreword deals with a broad variety of themes related to Cuba–U.S. Relations. Among those is culture of which he has a profound knowledge concerning both Cuba and the U.S. This itself a must-read! His insights into the daily lives of the Cuban people and the society provides a window for readers even for those who have already visited Cuba.