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Dr. Milton Jamail

jamailMilton Jamail has published more than 200 articles or columns on baseball since 1989. Most are concerned with the increasing international nature of the game. He wrote Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball, published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2000. Dr. Jamail is currently a lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Texas.

Cubans and U.S. Professional Baseball, 1871
to 2003: From Esteban Bellan to Jose Contreras
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium

Cuban Baseball: From Rebel Game to Revolutionary Baseball
10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Virgil Suarez

Virgil Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962. At the age of 12 he arrived in the United States. He received an MFA from Louisiana State University in 1987. He is the author of three new poetry collections, Palm Crows (University of Arizona Press), Banyan (LSU Press), and Guide to the Blue Tongue (University of Illinois Press). He is also the author of four novels, The Cutter, Latin Jazz, Havana Thursdays, and Going Under. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for poetry. His work continues to be featured in international and national literary magazines and journals.

Balsero Dreams: Riff Blues on Immigration
9:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Virgil Suarez Presents to Classes
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Dr. Denise Blum

blumDenise Blum is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at California State University at Fresno. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her recent books include: Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Allá en la lucha, (University of Texas Press, in press) and Culture and Revolution in Contemporary Cuba (ed.), (Florida University Press, in press). The Cuban mass student organization for children in grades 1-9 is the Union of Pioneers of Cuba. The Pioneers' slogan, often recited in school, is "Pioneers for Communism, We will be like Che!" With many years of teaching experience at the secondary level, both in the United States (teaching Spanish) and in Latin America (teaching English), Dr. Blum used pictures of her dog in various costumes as one of her primary mediums for language instruction. On her first trip to Cuba in 1995, one veteran guerrilla of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, upon seeing the pictures, requested that she dress her dog as Che Guevara, a Cuban revolutionary hero from the 1960s. The veteran fighter gave her his historical beret from the Sierra Maestra, and on her return trips, the photo of her dog as Che, nestled in a small photo album with other pictures of her dog dressed as world leaders, played a pivotal role in her gaining access to people and places.

Cuban Citizenship Education: Democracy,
Politicization, and Socialization
9:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2003
Taylor Hall Room 113
Admission: free

Vocational Training in Cuba: A Visit
to the Pioneer Interest Circles
10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19
Taylor Hall Room 113
Admission: free

Cuba's 'School to the Countryside' Program: Cultivating a Proper Consciousness Towards Work
11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2003
Taylor Hall Room 113
Admission: free

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Dr. Alberto Coll

collAlberto R. Coll is senior fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Coll was born in Havana and came to the United States in 1968 without his family and no knowledge of English. In the first Bush Administration he served (1990-1993) as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. He has served as a consultant for the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the U. S. Institute of Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Foreign Service Institute, and the United States Information Agency. An author of several books and numerous articles, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, lectures widely on American foreign policy and strategy, and is a frequent guest on the History Channel's History Center.

A Guide to Understanding the Complexities of Cuba Today
9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Cuba's Future: Why the United States Should Care
7:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

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Dr. Jonathon Benjamin-Alvarado

alvaradoJonathan Benjamin-Alvarado is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with an emphasis on comparative politics. He has conducted research related to Cuba's efforts to develop a nuclear energy capability and broader energy development issues and is recognized as one of the United States' leading specialists in this issue area. Since 1992, Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado has visited Cuba 15 times for field research on the nuclear energy development program and has conducted interviews with a number of senior government officials in Cuba's nuclear and related agencies.

Why Castro Hasn't Fallen: Challenges and Opportunities for Cuba/U.S. Relations
7:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

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Mary Katherine Crabb

crabbMary Katherine Crabb is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She spent 11 months in Havana and Santiago, Cuba, conducting research for her dissertation, titled "Socialism, Health and Medicine in Cuba: A Critical Re-Analysis." Her photography exhibit, "City on the Edge of Forever: Havana, 1998" was displayed at Mercer University in Atlanta in 2001.

Mary Katherine Crabb Presents to Class
9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003
Webster Hall 205
Admission: free

Everyday Life in Cuba: An Ethnographic Portrait
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Dengue, 1997: Case Study of a Cuban Epidemic
9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2003
Matthews Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Post-Socialism and Organized Crime: A Potential
Problem for Cuba in the New Millenium?
12:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2003
Billingsly Student Center 310
Admission: Brown Bag presentation, faculty and staff only

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Dr. John Couper

couperJohn Couper is an assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication at Pittsburg State University. He attended Friends World College, a Quaker program that took him to Africa, Asia and Europe. He has lived and worked in many countries since 1968, including a lengthy study of village communication in Tanzania, and recently conducted academic research in Cuba. His main research interests are media, culture, and development communication in Third World nations. He received his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Couper is also a fine-art photographer, radio producer, and musician.

Senses of Cuba
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

La Batalla de Ideas (Battle of Ideas)
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003
Webster Hall 319
Admission: free

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John Holod

holodJohn Holod is an internationally recognized cinematographer who has filmed all over the world and has presented his documentaries to audiences across the nation. Documentaries include his 4,000-mile U.S./Canadian border trek; his travels through Baja, Cuba, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia; and his 1,500-mile journey along the Alaska Highway. He has lectured at such prestigious venues as the National Geographic Society, the Carnegie Institute, Cal Tech, and the Franklin Institute. In recognition of his outstanding film achievement, he received the “Rising Star” award from the travelogue industry in 1995. Before embarking on his life as a professional world traveler and adventurer, the 50-year-old Holod studied cinematography, journalism, and photography at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Cuba: At the Crossroads
1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003
Matthews Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Tamara Falicov

falicovTamara Falicov is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film/Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Falicov has taught graduate seminars in Cuban cinema and the political economy of film and television industries and undergraduate classes in Latin American cinema, basic video production, and documentary video production. She is organizing a study abroad trip for students from KU and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to Havana in December 2003 to attend the Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Tropical Reels: Cuban Cinema and Revolution
from the 1960s to the Present
11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Cuba Va: Challenge of the Next Generation
2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Dr. Ruth Behar

beharRuth Behar is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and also affiliated with the programs in Women's Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She was the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant in 1988 and a Guggenheim award in 1995. Also a bilingual poet and a filmmaker, Dr. Behar is the author of Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza's Story and The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart. She is the editor of Bridges to Cuba and co-editor of Women Writing Culture. Most recently, Dr. Behar produced a documentary film, Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love, about her return to Cuba in search of her Jewish heritage on the island, which has been screened in Latino, Jewish, and documentary film festivals in the United States and Latin America, and shown on Spanish television.

Translating Cuba: Predicaments of a Diasporic Anthropologist
11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Dr. Ruth Behar Speaks to Classes
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Hearnes Hall 320
spoke to Dr. Kumbier's World Humanities class
1:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Webster Hall 308
spoke to Dr. Sartori's Survey of Spanish American Literature class

Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love: A Film Screening and Discussion
7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

Everything I Kept: Being a Poet in Cuba
10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Aldo and Diana Dominguez

dominguezBorn in Holguin, Cuba, Joplin attorney Aldo Dominguez came to the U.S. in 1965. His wife, Diana, moved to the U.S. from Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1988; the couple married six years later. Aldo, who received his Juris Doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law in 1988, is the only Spanish-speaking attorney in Southwest Missouri dedicated to representing the Hispanic population. He was featured nationally on NBC’s “Hispanic Today” program in October 2001. In their presentation, the couple discussed how they maintain communications with their Cuban relatives, how they maintained Cuban traditions with their children (Aldo, 6; and Camila, 4), and their respective families’ flight from communism. In addition, they shared their impressions of the current situation in their homeland.

Cuba On Our Mind: Reflections of Joplin’s Only Cuban-American Couple
1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2003
Webster Hall Auditorium
Admission: free

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Michael Spiro

spiroMichael Spiro, Artist in Residence, an internationally recognized recording artist and educator, has studied annually in Cuba since 1984 with the country's leading musicians. His residency program of workshops and master classes for music students covers the history, development, and performance techniques of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. He not only teaches how to play the music, but emphasizes the cultural context within which the music takes place. Included are participatory activities in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion performance. Mr. Spiro has been a faculty member or artist in residence at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Massachusetts, University of Missouri, Brigham Young University, Wichita State University, and numerous others. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is an integral part of the Bay Area music scene.

Monday, November 10, 2003

12:00 - 12:50 Clinic/Demonstration for Music Appreciation - Room M-108
4:00 - 5:15 Open Clinic/Masterclass on Cuban Music/Drumming - Phinney Recital Hall
7:00 - 10:00 Rehearsal with Jazz orchestra - Webster Hall Auditorium

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

11:00 - 11:50 Clinic with Percussion Ensemble - Room M-222

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