- Entire conference to be held in Spanish -

New York University will host a three-day international conference on the impact of Cuban culture on the United States over the past 170 years, Thursday through Saturday, November 4-6. “Cuba: 170 Years of Presence in the United States” will take place at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The conference is free and open to the public; for further information and to pre-register, call (212) 998-8686.

This conference is organized by ENCUENTRO de la Cultura Cubana Magazine in collaboration with NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Cervantes Institute of New York, with funding from the Ford Foundation.

The conference will explore diverse manifestations of Cuban culture in the U.S. over the course of almost two centuries, including Cuban participation in baseball and popular music, as well Cuba’s intellectual, entrepreneurial, political, and artistic contributions. Cuban, Cuban-American and American scholars set to participate include: Lisandro Pérez, director of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University; William Lewis, Vanderbilt University; Carlos Victoria, El Nuevo Herald, Miami; Antonio Benítez Rojo, Amherst College; Leonardo Acosta, Cuban musicologist; Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Columbia University; and Roberto González Echevarria, Yale.

Three special evening events are scheduled as well:

· Nov. 4, 8 p.m.: the play “Casa Propia” by Dolores Prida will be performed at Teatro Repertorio Español, 138 E. 27th Street. Tickets: $25; $20, students · Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: screening of the Cuban film “Si me comprendieras,” directed by Rolando Diaz at NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th Street. Tickets: $5. · Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: Concert: Paquito D’Rivera will perform at NYU’s Main Building, 100 Washington Square East, room 703. Tickets: $25; $20, students.

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