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April 27, 2018
This presentation investigates how and why dance became a public good in Cuba in the 1960s and 1970s. This history involved dance leaders developing a nationwide system of dance schools, as well as efforts to create an informed public through dance appreciation initiatives. As a result of these campaigns, hundreds of thousands of Cuban citizens danced and watched dance, consolidating Cuba’s reputation as an island of dancing publics.
Elizabeth Schwall earned her doctorate in Latin American and Caribbean history from Columbia University in 2016 and is currently in a Mellon Dance Studies and the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University. Her first book project, based on her dissertation, examines Cuban dance and politics from 1930 through 1990. She is also working on written and digital projects about Cuban dancers in Chicago. Her research has appeared or will appear in the journals Hispanic American Historical Review, Dance Chronicle, Cuban Studies and two edited volumes.
This event is presented as part of “Embodied Research: Dance Inquiry, Global Reach,” a year-long series of lectures, workshops and performances supported by a grant from the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.