"The Making of A Cuban Gay Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas"
Dr. Rafael Ocasio,
Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish,
Agnes Scott College
Friday, November 16, 4:45-6:00PM
Student Center Addition, Room 230
Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), the renowned exile Cuban novelist and short-story writer, became one of the most vocal figures among political activists opposed to the Castro regime shortly after his arrival in the United States on May 5, 1980 as a penniless Marielito refugee. This
presentation examines his rising trajectory in the United States as a controversial political activist, a role that he maintained until his death by suicide. On a more personal level, I also trace my relationship with Arenas while doing research on this intriguing writer, in a journey that I started some twenty years ago as a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. -Rafael Ocasio