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Author's Forum Presents Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-60: A Conversation with Yeidy Rivero and Ruth Behar

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
12:00 AM
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery 100

In Broadcasting Modernity, television historian Yeidy Rivero shows how television owners, regulatory entities, critics, and the state produced Cuban modernity for television. The Cuban television industry enabled different institutions to convey the nation's progress, democracy, economic abundance, high culture, education, morality, and decency. After nationalizing Cuban television, the state used it to advance Fidel Castro's project of creating a modern socialist country. As Cuba changed, television changed with it. Rivero not only demonstrates television's importance to Cuban cultural identity formation, but also, she explains how the medium functions in society during times of radical political and social transformation.