November 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Arcadia University Welcomes Visiting Cuban Scholar

Dr. Raúl Rodríguez

Dr. Raúl Rodríguez

Arcadia University welcomes visiting Cuban scholar Dr. Raúl Rodríguez from the University of Havana to its Glenside campus.

Rodríguez is the Deputy Director of the Center for Hemispheric and Cuban-American Studies at University of Havana and teaches the core course Cuban-American Relations: Past and Present for The College of Global Studies study abroad program in Cuba.

Arcadia University will host two events with Rodríguez on campus that concentrate on Cuba, its culture and its politics. Both events are open to the public.

Gallery Opening

Mitos and Realidades: Inspiraciones de la Republica de Cuba (Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba)

The opening event takes place in the Commons Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 8. It includes a reception at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion of art and culture in Cuba at 8 p.m.

Arcadia University’s Global Faculty Development Program was inaugurated in June 2012 when a dozen faculty and staff made an unprecedented academic trip to Havana, Cuba along with eight faculty members from seven other Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Mitos y Realidades: Inspiraciones de La República de Cuba (Myths and Realities: Inspirations from the Republic of Cuba) strives to document this experience.

The show features landscapes by Abbey Ryan painted on location, botanical studies of tropical flora by Scott Rawlins, and collages by Bonnie Levinthal and Yvonne Love incorporating indigenous materials. The exhibition will also include artifacts collected during the trip by participants, as well as journal entries, manuscripts, and photographs providing additional insight into a nation few Americans have visited in the last 50 years.

Panel Discussion

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Fifty Years Later

The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Dining Complex. There is a reception at 7 p.m. in Room 106 followed by a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. in Room 107.

The panel includes moderator Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, a native Cuban and Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department; Dr. Raúl Rodríguez, Visiting Scholar from University of Havana; and Dr. Peter Siskind, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Historical and Political Studies.

These opportunities and more are revealing pathways to new cultures and perspectives on Arcadia’s campus for students of all ages and teachers across the nation. For more information please contact Garcia at


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