Tricontinental Acts of Solidarity is a public humanities project that frames our current era of global solidarity politics through looking back at one of the most significant solidarity movements of the twentieth century, the Tricontinental. Through the innovative films, posters, and magazines that it published in four languages and distributed globally for over four decades, the Tricontinental became the primary engine of politically radical cultural production worldwide. This project consisted of a month-long exhibit of Tricontinental materials, along with a series of workshops and discussions between researchers, students, and community members, held at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in November 2019. Listen to an interview about the project here.
Poster art produced following the Cuban Revolution offers a window into the island nation’s history and a truly revolutionary chapter in graphic design. With a unique graphic wit and exuberant colorful style, these posters rallied the Cuban people to the task of building a new society. They helped organize massive sugar harvests and national literacy campaigns, promoted solidarity with global liberation struggles, and celebrated Cuba’s cultural scene. Learn more about this 2014 exhibit here.
“Global South Studies: A Symposium and Workshop.” Funded by the Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry, Page-Barbour Workshops, UVA Library, Americas Center, McIntire Department of Art, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, MESALC, Global Studies, and Anthropology. March 29-30, 2019.
Curator and organizer. “Tricontinental Acts of Solidarity.” Collaboration with CGII, UVA Arts & Office of the Provost & Vice Provost for the Arts; Latinx Student Alliance; Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese; The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative; HotHouse: The Center for International Performance and Exhibition; and Casa OSPAAAL. November 2019.
“Afro-Cuban Activisms.” Talks by Devyn Spence Benson and Lillian Guerra. Sponsored by Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese, Latin American Studies, History, and 4-VA: Advancing the Commonwealth. February 2018.
“Men with Guns: Cultures of Paramilitarism and the Modern Americas.” Sponsored by Ford-LASA, the College of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate College, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, Africana Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. November 2015.
“Roundtable on U.S.- Cuban Relations.” Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese. February 2015.
Curator and organizer. “The Silkscreen Revolution: An Exhibit of Cuban Poster Art.” Exhibit and talk by archivist Lincoln Cushing. Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies, and Africana Studies. October 15, 2014.
“Language, Historical Consciousness, and Virtual Geographies: Chicano Rap Fan-Videos and Commentary on YouTube.” Talk by Norma Mendoza-Denton at Emory University. Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese, Anthropology, Linguistics, Film and Media Studies, the Center for Community Partnerships, and the Hightower Family Fund. October 2012.
“Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay.” Talk by George Reid Andrews at Emory University. Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese, History, African American Studies, LACS, and the Hightower Family Fund. February 2011.
“Let plunder: Altamirano’s Mexico and the Problem of Paramilitarism.” Talk by Joshua Lund at Emory University. Sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese. April 2009.
“The Global South Novel.” MLA Convention. Chicago, IL. January 2019.
“The Global South Novel.” Society for Novel Studies conference. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. May 2018.
“South-South Organizing in the Global Plantation Zone.” Thinking the Global South symposium. Department of Comparative Literature. Penn State University. March 2018.
“Planetary Life in the Contemporary Petrosphere.” Special session of the Global South CLCS Forum. MLA Convention. New York, NY. January 2018.
“The Global South and the Question of Method.” ACLA Annual Meeting. Utrecht, Netherlands. July 2017.
“South-South Policing: Security, Markets, and the Laboring Body.” Special session of the Global South CLCS Forum. MLA Convention. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
“Keywords for the Global South.” Special session of the Global South CLCS Forum. MLA Convention. Austin, TX. January 2016.
“The Global South Imaginary: A Critical Reflection.” MLA Convention. Vancouver, Canada. January 2015.
“Reading Race in Cuban Cultural Production.” The Fourth International Conference of Afro-Hispanic Studies. Cartagena, Colombia. March 2014.
“The Color Curtain: Political Identity and Solidarity in the Global Cold War.” MLA Convention. Seattle, WA. January 2012.