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Eastern To Host Roberto Zurbano

Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang

Zurbano.jpgWillimantic, Conn. ¬¬-  Eastern Connecticut State University will host author, scholar and cultural critic Roberto Zubano to talk on "Hip Hop and Race" on Oct. 23 in selected Performing and Visual Arts classes on campus.
Zurbano is the editor/publisher of  "Casa de las Americas," a Havana, Cuba-based magazine that publishes the work of writers, artists, musicians, playwrights and scholars of literature and the arts, as well as social sciences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Zurbano is a graduate of the University of Havana. He completed advance studies at the Casa de las Américas, Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística de Cuba and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.  He has published numerous books including, "Elogio del Lector," "Ramón Rubiera. Un Astro Ilusorio," "La Poética de Los Noventa" and "Los estados Nacientes: Literatura Cubana y Postmodernidad."

Zurbano founded "Catauro, the Cuban Journal of Anthropology," and is the founding director of "La Isla en Pesom," a bi-monthly digital literary magazine of Cuban poetry, and "Moviemiento: The Journal of Cuba Hip Hop." He also maintains a bi-weekly television column on literary criticism.

Zurbano is the fall 2012 Scholar-in-Residence at the Griffis Art Center-International Program in New London.  His residency includes speaking engagements in cultural and academic institutions throughout the United States, including Eastern, Connecticut College, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Norfolk State University, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University, and the Malcom X and Betty Shabbazz Educational Center in New York. His visit to the United States is co-sponsored by Norfolk State University.

Zurbano is also a contributing writer for "Book Eleggua," which is part of the Shared Memories exhibition project, a project which Eastern is a cosponsor. For more information on the Shared Memories Exhibition, visit

Currently, Zurbano is working on two books, "The Invisible Triangle of Twentieth Century Cuba: Literature, Race and Nation," and "Outside the Club: A Map of the Nation of Hip Hop in Cuba."

For more information on Zurbano's visit to Eastern, contact Imna Arroyo on (860) 465-5209, or at

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