UC River Room
5:30 Reception with refreshments, 6:00 pm lecture
I Come to Offer My Heart
This evening’s event features a lecture by author Anna Lidia Vega Serova (of Cuban-Russian ancestry) on New World socialism as it impacts multiculturalism
and gender. The lecture will be in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.
About Anna Lidia:
Anna Lidia Vega Serova was born in Leningrad (1968) to a Russian mother and Cuban
father. As a child, she lived in Cuba and various locations in the former Soviet Union
and studied at the Soligorsk School of Visual Arts before settling back in Havana
in 1989. Serova’s blend of ethnicity and cultural experience has given her a unique
perspective, leading her to become one of the 21st century's foremost feminist writers
of the contemporary Cuban literature.
Serova received the “David” short story award in 1997, which led to her first published
short-story collection, “Bad Painting.” She has since published over a dozen books,
including short stories, novels, poetry, and a children’s book (Adiós, cuento triste, 2006). Some of her popular titles include Catálogo de mascotas (1999), Noche de ronda (2001, 2003), Imperio doméstico (2004), Eslabones de un tiempo muerto (2005), and Anima fatua (2007, 2011). Her writing has been included in several anthologies in Cuba and abroad,
and she has won multiple awards, including the Cuban Culture Distinction.
When she’s not writing, Serova self-directs and participates in exhibitions in Cuba,
Russia, and Columbia and has begun painting.
Visit our full page with translations of Anna Lidia's writing.
Thursday, February 20
5:30 Reception, 6:00pm lecture
Race-girl: How an Artist Tackled a Touchy Subject, and How It Tackled Her
Damali Ayo explores race relations from her unique perspective as a visual artist
and author. She reflects on how racism has shaped her community, the larger national
conversation, and her own health and artistic voice.