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NMSU to present Cuban cultural week events

New Mexico State University will present a variety of events for Cuban and Cuban-American Cultural Week Nov. 8-12.


to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host an opening reception for "Photographs and Paintings of and from Cuba." Refreshments and Cuban food will be provided.

The exhibit will be shown throughout Cuban and Cuban-American Cultural Week beginning at 6:30 p.m. each evening at the center, located in the Nason House on University Avenue across from Kinko's. Books by visiting authors will be for sale during all showings.

Other Cuban and Cuban-American Cultural Week events include:

Monday, Nov. 8

-Leandro Soto in "A Postmodern Fortune Teller II" and Josh Tafoya in "Trash," one-act plays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hardman Hall Room 106.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

-Dance class with Ivonne Chavez and Eric Fierro, 5 to 7 p.m., James B. Delameter Activity Center Room 229. The class will be taught in English and Spanish.

-Lecture by Leandro Soto on Afro-Cuban art, 7 to 8 p.m., Williams Hall Room 212.

-"Virgilio's Stories," a reading of Virgilio Pinera's shortest stories and two one-act plays, "Coser y cantar" and "Trash," 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., Hardman Hall Room 106.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

-Homage to Cuban anthropologist Lydia Cabrera, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., Nason House.

-"Virgilio's Stories," a reading of Virgilio Pinera's shortest stories; "Coser y cantar;" and Recent Cuban Cinema I: Family, with short films "Dos hermanos" (Two Brothers) and "Video de familia" (Family Video) presented by Marcelo Fajardo, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hardman Hall Room 106.

Thursday, Nov. 11

-Book signing by authors Carlotta Caulfield, Matias Montes Huidobro, Edna Rodriguez-Mangual, Jesus J. Barquet, Teresa Dovelpage and Judith B. Kerman and editors Rosario Sanmiguel, Jorge Porrata and Kathleene West, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., NMSU Bookstore. The event will be in English and Spanish.

-Group discussion on Cuban anthropologist Lydia Cabrera, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Breland Hall Room 182.

-Homage to Matias Montes Huidobro's theater with Montes Huidobro, Yara Gonzalez Montes and Jesus J. Barquet, followed by a preview of the film "Raices aereas," 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., Nason House. These events will be in Spanish.

-Recent Cuban Cinema II with films "Habaneceres" and "Suite Habana," followed by a panel discussion with the week's featured authors, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hardman Hall Room 112.

Friday, Nov. 12

-Eduardo Colom lecture on children's literature in the classroom, 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., Breland Hall Room 173B. The lecture will be in Spanish.

-Meeting with writer Teresa Dovelpage and poetry translator Judith B. Kerman, 3 to 5 p.m., Emerson Room in the English Building.

-Presentation and discussion of "Poesia cubana del siglo XX" (Cuban Poetry of the 20th Century), edited by Jesus J. Barquet with Yara Gonzalez Montes and Carlotta Caulfield, 4:30 to 6:45 p.m., Nason House. This event will be in Spanish.

-La Sociedad para las Artes reading by Cuban poet Carlotta Caulfield and Jacquie Moody, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Hardman Hall Room 106. The readings will be in English and Spanish.

-Closing reception with the featured authors of Cuban and Cuban-American Cultural Week, 9:30 p.m., Nason House.

These events are dedicated to Ricardo Aguilar Melantzon, an NMSU languages and linguistics professor who recently passed away, and Raul Rivero, a dissident Cuban poet who is in prison.

Cuban and Cuban-American Cultural Week was organized by NMSU languages and linguistics professor Jesus J. Barquet and graduate student and Cuban filmmaker Marcelo Fajardo to promote Cuban literature, art and culture.

The week's events are sponsored by NMSU's Center for Latin American and Border Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, Black Programs, Women's Studies, International Programs, La Sociedad para las Artes, the NMSU Bookstore and the departments of languages and linguistics, art, English, theater arts, sociology and anthropology. Other sponsors include Black Box Theater, Red de Estudios Cubanos, Proyecto Cultural: En el Jardin, Roberto's Restaurant, Sleep Inn Hotel, Texas Christian University and Saginaw University.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at (505) 646-6814.