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Operation Pedro Pan: The Voices and Stories of Cuba’s Child Exodus

March 28 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

The University of Central Florida’s Department of English hosts a two-day virtual and in-person bilingual schedule of programming featuring panel discussions, conversations, and music to bring awareness and understanding to the legacy of Operation Pedro Pan, an exodus of 14,000 unaccompanied minor refugees from Cuba to the United States from 1960 to 1962. Registration is required to attend on Zoom.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, March 28, 11:30 am -12 pm: Music and Opening Remarks

Tuesday, March 28, 12 pm: Panel One: The Political, Historical, and Cultural Legacy of Operation Pedro Pan with Luis Martinez Fernandez, Alexis Castellanos, María de los Ángeles Torres, and Ilenia Colón Mendoza

Tuesday, March 28, 1:20 pm: Panel Two: Personal Perspectives of Operation Pedro Pan with Karina Céspedes, Norma Hern and Isabel Barrabeitg

Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 am: Music and Opening Remarks with Kevin Meehan and Jorge Milanes

Wednesday, March 29, 12:15 pm: In Conversation with Graphic Novelist Alexis Castellanos with Celia Rodriguez Milanes and Lisa Nalbone

Funding for these programs are provided in part through a Florida Humanities Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the University of Central Florida. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

March 28 @ 11:30 am -
March 28 @ 2:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Luis Martinez Fernandez, Professor of History, University of Central Florida Alexis Castellanos, Graphic Novelist María de los Ángeles Torres, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois Chicago Ilenia Colón Mendoza, Professor of Art History, University of Central Florida Karina Céspedes, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Florida Norma Hern, community expert Isabel Barrabeitg, community expert Mel Martínez, Former U.S. Senator and Orange County mayor Kevin Meehan, Professor of English, University of Central Florida Jorge Milanés, musician Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Professor of English, University of Central Florida Lisa Nalbone, Professor of Spanish, University of Central Florida
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Event Contact:

Celia Rodriguez Milanes
(407) 823-5596

Event Venue:

University of Central Florida Student Union
12715 Pegasus Dr
Orlando, Florida 32816
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Venue Phone:
(407) 823-5596

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