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Sept. 26-27: Cuba(n) Conversations with Alberto González Rivero

González Rivero will share his perspectives on Cuba following the revolution in two discussions that are free and open to the public.

2017-09-28
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-15-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of World Languages and Cultures is hosting Alberto González Rivero, who is from Cuba, to lead discussions Sept. 26-27 that are part of the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment Speaker Series.

González Rivero was a K-12 teacher who has worked as an interpreter/translator for the past 24 years. He will share his perspectives on Cuba following the revolution in two discussions that are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., González Rivero will give a presentation titled “Mind Games in Translation” in Memorial Library 45.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., González Rivero will speak on “Cuba Today: Much More than Cigars, Rum, Salsa & Old American Cars” in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

From 8-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, following his presentation, González Rivero will be available to sign copies of his 2014 book, “Born to Translate Cuba: A Country Boy’s Dream Come True,” which is available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

During his time on campus, González Rivero will share his understanding of the role of education in the K-12 and higher education environment in Cuba.

He will also discuss his knowledge of how worldwide efforts for justice and peace impact Cubans and others in today’s world, as well as his perspective of the critical need for preparing multilingual students for leadership in a global workplace.

Finally, he will discuss his impressive experience as a “country boy” who “made it” as an author/translator and interpreter to better our world through “translating Cuba” for others.

For more information, contact Kimberly Contag, professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, at 507-389-2116.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of World Languages and Cultures is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities. The Andreas endowment supports Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Arts and Humanities by helping to bring guest artists and scholars to campus.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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