April 16, 2012 / Modified apr 17, 2012 2:37 p.m.

Cuban Conference Reveals New Side of Isolated Nation

University of Arizona lecture series explores Caribbean country's often overlooked modern architecture

Local residents will be able to attend a lecture Cuba's political isolation from the United States on the UA campus on Wed 18 April with Speaker Rosa Lowinger. Director of the Drachman Institute at UA, R. Brooks Jeffery, discusses the upcoming lecture. (VIDEO: azpm)

Cuba has been politically isolated from the U.S. for more than five decades, but it continues to intrigue and fascinate American scholars and travelers alike--largely because of its isolation.

"Cuba is this amazing nation that many people don't have a chance to go to," says R. Brooks Jeffery, director of the University of Arizona Drachman Institute, in an Arizona Illustrated interview.

Now a new lecture series will draw experts and the public together Wednesday night to explore the enduring appeal of the Caribbean nation. The talk, titled "¡Cuba! Modern Architecture + Preservation," will focus on the often overlooked modern architecture of Havana and its legacy.

The lecture takes Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, at 1130 N. Mountain Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

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