There's something going on in Arts & Letters almost every day this October, and we are excited to announce two very special speakers.
On Thursday, October 15, Roberto Zurbano will be giving a talk on race and racism in contemporary Cuba. Zurbano is a Cuban writer, literary critic, poet and one of the most well-known critics of racism on the island. Now a researcher at the Casa de las Americas, Zurbano was demoted from his position as the director of the Casa’s publishing operations after publishing a 2013 op-ed in the New York Times. The NYT piece was critical, not just of racism and racial inequality in Cuba but also the unwillingness of many Cubans to even acknowledge its existence.
On Friday, October 30, we welcome Hannah Morris, an archaeologist and PhD student at the University of Georgia who was part of the team of six scientists who excavated the fossils found in South Africa's Rising Star Cave. Those fossils, now known as Homo naledi, present exciting new information about our distant human relatives. During her talk, Hannah will discuss her involvement with the project and her experience of being deep underground in the remote cave as she and her fellow scientists worked to retrieve the bones.
Learn more about this month's Arts & Letters events at Arts & Letters Now!