Tomás Fernández Robaina, a researcher at the National Library in Havana, Cuba, and a professor at the University of Havana, will present a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4:15 p.m., in Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building. His discussion will focus on the Afro-Cuban experience, U.S.-Cuba relations and the Cuban LGBTQ experience. The lecture is presented by the Caribbean Student Association and is free and open to the public.
Fernández Robaina, writes extensively about Afro-Cuban issues. In 1994, he wrote El Negro en Cuba 1902-1958: Apuntes para la historia de la lucha contra la discriminación racial (The Blacks in Cuba 1902-1958: Notes on the history of the struggle against racial discrimination).
He is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the Cuban National Committee on Slave Routes. He serves on the executive board of the Cuban chapter of the Regional Articulation of Afro-descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean and is a member of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood of Blackness and the government body, Comisión Aponte.