Carnegie Mellon University anthropologist Shawn
Alfonso Wells will give a presentation titled “Experiences of Blackness in Cuba
and the United States” on
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, comparing and contrasting racial and cultural issues in
lecture will take place 6:30–7:30 p.m. in Room B-11
of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.
of African descent in Cuba and the US share similar histories, but racial identities and race
relations in these countries have some striking differences. Wells, instructor of anthropology and history at Carnegie Mellon University and
of Pittsburgh, will discuss the contributions and challenges of African-Americans and
Afro-Cubans in their respective countries, noting how race is conceptualized
in each society.
Wells earned her doctoral degree in anthropology from the
University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a dissertation titled “Cuban Color
Classification and Identity Negotiation: Old Terms in a New World.” Her primary
areas of research include race, ethnicity, sex, and gender in Latin America and
the Caribbean. She is currently teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in the
Department of History, and she is planning to co-lead a University of
Pittsburgh study abroad program in Cuba in summer 2017.
This presentation is sponsored by the Pan-African Studies
Program. It is
free and open to the public; attendance vouchers will be provided. Questions may be sent to the program coordinator, Marveta Ryan-Sams, at email@example.com.