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Ode to Havana: The First 500 Years

November 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 304 Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, NYC
8:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
9 AM-noon and 2:15-7 PM conference followed by a reception with live music
Registration required:  Register here

Registrants to the conference will receive two complimentary tickets to a concert of Cuban music Friday, December 13, 8 PM at the Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway

PBS’ Rafael Pi Román MCs a one-day conference on the 500th anniversary of the City of Havana. Through illustrated presentations, archival films, and music, the conference will highlight Havana’s fundamental role in the cultural development of Cuba and explore the different outside influences that have shaped the city.  

Topics include: the city’s emergence as a key port in transatlantic trade from the 16th to the 18th century; a journey to 19th century Havana, its cartography, slave society, and mores; Havana’s historical link to New York City; the city’s architecture from its founding through  its neoclassical period, art deco trend, and modernist boom of the 40’s and 50’s; Havana’s legacy as an international artistic, musical, and literary beacon; the city in literature, photography and cinema; and today’s conservationist movement and its UNESCO World Heritage status.  


The event will culminate with a concert featuring an orchestra from the Canary Islands and Grammy-nominated singer Olga Cerpa interpreting hits from the “golden era” of Cuban music on Friday, December 13 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.  All attendants to the conference will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert.


November 17, 2019
8:30 am - 7:00 pm


304 Barnard Hall
Barnard College
New York, 10027 United States