)Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 06:57:07 -0500
Pedro Perez-Sarduy: '98 US/Canada Tour
Announcement in AfroCuban News, 20 October 1997
AfroCuban journalist, author, and broadcaster Pedro Perez-Sarduy sees the Jan - Feb '98 time as ripe for a multimedia exposition on issues of race, identity, and representation in today's Cuba, where there's a great ferment in these areas. Conflicting trends include:
What is going on here? How do Cubans themselves feel about these trends? These and others call for careful analysis and for self explanation from the parties involved, especially AfroCubans, hitherto invisible players to most Americans. And yet AfroCubans are estimated to compose over 60% to 70% of the population on the island -- as both the Cuban and the American government will readily admit. They are increasingly visible and are destined to have a profound impact on US - Cuba relations.
Pedro Perez Sarduy
Pedro Perez-Sarduy has over 30 years' experience as poet, writer, journalist, and broadcaster first on Cuban national radio and television, then on BBC radio and television current affairs and cultural programs. Currently in residence at the University of Puerto Rico, he is based in London and travels periodically to his home in Cuba. With his writings, Perez-Sarduy has given a major push to the concept of "Afro-Cuban." The book "AFROCUBA: An Anthology of Cuban Writing on Race, Politics and Culture", which he co-edited with Jean Stubbs in 1993, is virtually the only text of its kind in English.
A new work out this Spring, "Afro-Cuban Voices: On Race, Representation, and Identity in 1990s Cuba," also co-edited with Jean Stubbs, will pick up Afro-Cuba's thread in today's Cuba, with interviews he made in the course of his trips to the island. The work is a vivid introduction to current thinking on issues of race and identity in Cuba. It also, through the eyes of the interviewees, lays out some fascinating re-appraisals of Cuban history down to present times.
Perez-Sarduy and Stubbs also co-edited "No Longer Invisible: Afro-Latin Americans Today," 1995, Minority Rights Group Publications.
'97 - '98 Tour Schedule
Pedro Perez Sarduy will be in Puerto Rico in the Fall of '97 and in the US from Oct 24th through Nov 2nd, '97. He will attend the Columbia conference on Black Reflections on Race, Culture, and Politics in Cuba Today, Nov 1(www.afrocubaweb.com/maraconf.htm).
Perez-Sarduy will start a US tour in January '98 in Florida. He is available through the end of February '98. Those interested in making arrangements to have him make a multi-media presentation or lead a workshop or seminar at their institution can contact AfroCubaWeb (www.afrocubaweb.com) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedro Perez-Sarduy is the author of Surrealidad (Havana 1967) and Cumbite and Other Poems (Havana 1987 and New York 1990). He has finished two unpublished works, Journal in Babylon, a series of chronicles on Britain and a first novel, The Maids of Havana, based on his mother's life stories about pre and post-revolutionary Havana.
The recipient of several literary awards, he was Writer in Residence at Columbia University, New York (1989), Visiting Scholar at Hunter College, New York (1990), and Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at the University of Florida, Gainesville (1993). He has been a radio journalist since 1965, beginning with Cuban national radio as a current affairs journalist and Cuban television on the first African and Caribbean music show. He was then with the BBC Latin American Service from 1981 to 1994.
Perez-Sarduy is at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, for the fall '97 semester as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Caribbean 2000 program.
Obtaining Perez-Sarduy and Stubb's books
Afro-Cuba (1993), No Longer Invisible(1995), and Voices of Afro-Cubans (spring '98) are available in major bookstores but can also be obtained directly through AfroCubaWeb's Books and Videos section. (see the web site at www.afrocubaweb.com).