The WVC Global Citizenship Committee has organized a visit by internationally acclaimed Cuban American novelist and poet Cristina Garcia on Thursday 18 October from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Campus Center. Ms. Garcia will speak about the New Latina/o century, and immediately after she will sign copies of her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban.
To celebrate her visit, and the many classes at West Valley College, Evergreen College and San Jose State University that are reading Dreaming in Cuban, the WVC Global Citizenship Committee is presenting an exhibit of 26 photographs of Cuba and Cubans taken by Dulce María Gray during her visit to Cuba in March 2009. This exhibit will continue through the month of October in the Global Citizenship Center in the WVC Campus Center.
These two are among the 26 photographs in the exhibit. Both photos were taken in Cuba’s rural agriculture-based Viñales Valley that is famous for its freestanding rock formations, called “mogotes,” that are designated as one of only four UNESCO Cultural Heritage landscape sites. The Viñales Valley is a fertile area, where most tobacco is cultivated and fashioned into famed cigars. Cuba, the “motherland” of tobacco, was growing tobacco long before 1540 when the use of tobacco began to spread through Europe, and before 1612 wen it was first grown in Virginia.
Other photographs depict pre-1960 Chevy cars, musicians, children, the arts, bird’s-eye and street scenes of Havana, and Ernest Hemingway’s typewriter in his study at Finca Vigia, his beloved home, where he lived from 1939 to 1960, in San Francisco de Paula outside of Havana.
The WVC Global Citizenship Committee invites everyone to stop by the GCC and enjoy this free exhibit.