Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607
Mon, November 6, 2006 • 4:00 PM • Benedict 2.104
The collective filter of the world that the Soviet Union provided Cuba has disappeared, but just because the Soviet Union has disentigrated, does not mean it has departed from the imaginations of Cubans. In its very disentigration, the Soviet Union has begun to expand and morph in contemporary Cuban culture. In the absence of the material presence of the U.S.S.R., Cubans are referencing its traces. Those Cubans who studied in the Soviet bloc possess an immediate, up-close inheritance that includes the Russian language. The cultural workers/politicians are still recasting the Soviet legacy, isolating those elements that are most oppressive and bureaucratic while vindicating others.