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June 2017

Cuba After Fidel

When: Friday, June 02 2017 @ 12:00 PM - - 05:15PM
Where: Bolivar House
582 Alvarado Row
Stanford University, CA 94305
Description: Cuba After Fidel:
Reflections on his legacy past, present, and future

The Center for Latin American Studies invites you to join us for a public presentation and discussion on Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro. Screening of rare footage to follow.

12:00 noon: Lunch
12:30-1:45 pm: Lecture with Lillian Guerra: "Feeling like Fidel": Legacies, Memory, and Official Amnesia in Today's Cuba
2:15-4:00 pm: Roundtable discussion with Lillia Guerra, Katherine Gordy, and Kym Morrison
4:15-5:15 pm: Screening of never-before-seen documentary footage of Cuban youth in the 1960s

For decades, Fidel Castro demanded self-surveillance and self-censorship from citizens as conduits for collective empowerment and national security in revolutionary Cuba. More than a slogan, the goal of "feeling like Fidel" for generations of Cubans became both a mandate of state pedagogy and a substitute for citizen control over government. Yet, when the Cuban state adopted capitalism in 1993, memories of fidelista Communism's reliance on willful forms of self-repression became as taboo as citizens' efforts to resist them. Today, the greatest legacies of Fidel Castro may be found in the state’s losing battle against the unofficial, historically informed memory of citizens.​

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies

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