The Cubans at Harvard in 1900

The Cubans at Harvard in 1900
Virtual Class Visit by Cuban Playwriter and Filmmaker Arturo Sotto
A discussion facilitated by Mellon Faculty Fellow Ingrid Brioso Rieumont

For Spanish 20:
Writing and Reading: A Critical and Cultural Approach

Friday, May 10, 2024, 12:50pm-1:55pm

In 1900, half of all public school teachers in Cuba —women and men— came to Cambridge to study at Harvard Summer School. The visit was organized in the context of the first U.S. military intervention in Cuba (1898-1902).

Cuban filmmaker Arturo Sotto will be discussing his play Tengo una hija en Harvard, based on the visit of the Cuban teachers to Harvard, to reflect on the fictionalization of history. Sotto will discuss his play, his own creative process, as well as the differences between the different genres in which he has worked. Students will share their critical readings of the play and think about both the historical context and the creative process behind it.

Sotto is a film director, documentary filmmaker, playwriter, screenwriter, and fiction writer. His films Pon tu pensamiento en mí (1996) and Amor Vertical (1997) were twice nominated for the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Award and also represented Cuba in the Oscar nominations.

Sponsored by Dartmouth Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Brown University Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Cuba program (CASA-Cuba)
The lecture and Q&A will be in Spanish

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