Conversations about Cuba

November 8, 2017 | 3:00 - 5:00PM
Miller Nichols Library, 3rd Floor - Room 325

Join us to explore the art, culture, and history of Cuba!

Special guests will share their experiences traveling in Cuba and meeting the people. We'll explore Cuban art and culture, as well as the current political economy - especially after the restoration of U.S.-Cuban relations.

And don't miss our related photography exhibit: Capturado: Faces of Cuba


Special Guests:

Dr. Jimmy Adegoke

Dr. Adegoke is an award-winning climate scientist, photographer, and professor at UMKC. His has spoken on environmental concerns and climate change before many political committees in the U.S., South Africa, and Nigeria. He is also on the Technical Advisory Board of several UN applied science programs. Through all this, Dr. Adegoke maintains very strong interest in Geoscience Education. He is passionate about programs geared towards increasing minority representation in the sciences.

Dr. Joseph R. Hartman

Dr. Hartman is an assistant professor in the departments of Latinx and Latin American Studies and Art & Art History at UMKC. Before, Hartman was a Research Fellow at UT-Dallas, and received his PhD from Southern Methodist University. He has published many articles on modern and contemporary Cuban, Latin American, and global art and architecture. Hartman’s first book, The Dictator’s Dreamscape: Building Machado’s Cuba (forthcoming), reconsiders Cuban visual culture within broader histories of nation building, globalization, and U.S. hegemony in the Western hemisphere during the twentieth century. Hartman’s current work looks at the Latinx experience in the United States, and the global consequences of U.S. imperialism after 1898.

Dr. Dennis Merrill

Dr. Merrill is a University of Missouri Curator’s Professor of History who teaches at UMKC. His most recent books include Negotiating Paradise: U.S. Tourism and Empire in Twentieth Century Latin America and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations.  Merrill has contributed to many publications including:

- Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
- Journal of American-East Asian Relations
- Pacific Historical Review
- Presidential Studies Quarterly
- Diplomatic History, and
- Various books and anthologies on U.S. diplomacy and transnational relations

Jenn Beard

Jenn is a curious person who collects new experiences through learning and travel. She has been fortunate enough to work on things that allow her to do both. Currently, she works for Mozilla on a grant-making program supporting the creation of internet technologies for education and the workforce. Before, she worked for, providing access to safe water and sanitation around the world. Jenn is an EMBA graduate of The Bloch School of Business. She's on the UMKC EMBA Alumni Admissions Council, writes a travel blog, makes a mean craft cocktail, and sings in a church band.

Special thanks to each of our event sponsors:

UMKC Honors College
UMKC Latinx & Latin American Studies
UMKC Phi Kappa Phi
UMKC GeoSciences

For more information, please contact Nicole Leone