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Cuba & Rhode Island: Then & Now

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This will be a discussion on the complexities of the Cuban-American experience through changing political climates.

The event helps us re-examine America's social and cultural history. We will also show excerpts from the acclaimed PBS video: Latino Americanos 500 Years of History — Episode 4 -The New Latinos

The film excerpts will uncover this history of U.S. - Cuban interchange, as well as engage audiences in conversation about how our countries continue to be linked. Latino populations discussed in film —Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican—mirror the first Hispanic groups to arrive in RI, appearing in large numbers in the 1970s and growing by 132% between 1980 and 1990.

In particular, hundreds of Cuban children were placed in Rhode Island during Operation Peter Pan. To help refugees as they continued to arrive, a Cuban Club was established in 1967.

Among other questions, the panel will discuss the following: What is home? What is freedom? How can we reconcile the past with the present?

Pawtucket Public Library
30 Summer St.
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 p.m

Marta V. Martínez, Oral Historian and Chair of RI Latino Arts

Daniel Rodriguez, Brown University Assistant Professor of History

Miriam Gorriarán
Gina Rodríguez-Drix

• Refreshments will be served • Enjoy Cuban music

This event is one in a series of public forums coordinated by Rhode Island Latino Arts • Latino History of RI in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

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Funds made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association