Dancing and Drumming To Accompany Lecture on African Traditions in Cuba

An Afro-Cuban dance performance featuring Yesenia Fernandez-Selier. Photo courtesy of St. Francis College.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — With a presentation that’s part lecture and part dance class, guest lecturer Yesenia Fernandez-Selier will talk about Cabildos de Nacion and the Preservation of African Religious Traditions in Cuba on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 1:20 p.m. in the St. Francis College Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.

The presentation will include videos, a question-and-answer session and an introductory dance class with live drumming.

Cuban-born performer and scholar Fernandez-Selier holds a BA from the University of Havana. Her scholarly pursuits led her to New York University, where she is currently pursuing an MA in Latin American Studies. She is the recipient of a fellowship from Hunter College’s Caribbean Exchange Program. She has also been recognized for her work to preserve Latino heritage by the Save Latin America Organization. She is the author of many publications in both English and Spanish.

Fernandez-Selier is also an accomplished teacher and performer with more than 15 years of investigating the various aspects of Afro-Cuban culture; encompassing dance, music and emergent identities.

The event, organized by St. Francis Assistant Professor Deinya Phenix, is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located at 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights. Since its founding, the college has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


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