September 27th & 28th, 2013, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale
This is a free event.
Location: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street, Toronto, Canada.
SEPTEMBER 27 – FRIDAY
Film screening: Sisters and Brothers Keeper: Cuba & Southern African Liberation
followed by panel discussion and Q&A (7pm-8:45pm).
9:15pm-10pm – Reception
SEPTEMBER 28 – SATURDAY
8:30am – light refreshments
9am-10: 45am: Apartheid’s War of Terror: Regional Terrorism & Destabilization
10:45-11am – Break
11am-12:30pm: Homeland is Humanity: Cuban and Southern African Liberation
12:30-2pm: Lunch (Film screening of Cangamba)
2pm-3: 30pm: South Africa’s Stalingrad: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
3:30-3:45 – Break
3:45pm-5: 15pm: Legacies of the Liberation Struggle
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Isaac Saney: 902-494-1531
Email: email@example.com or call Melanie Newton: 416-978-4054
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Miguel san Vincente: 416-538-0889
*Canadian Network On Cuba* Caribbean Studies Program, University of Toronto* New College, University of Toronto *Canadian Union of Postal Workers *Africa Studies, University of Toronto
*James Robinson Johnston Chair of Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University* United SteelWorkers *A Different Booklist *Taylor Report/CIUT-FM *Group for Research and Initiative in the Liberation of Africa *Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto
Today the African continent has 55-independent countries. While no outside power directly holds sway over African territory (with the exception of French-ruled Djibouti), the issue of African independence is posed as sharply as ever. 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of a landmark in the struggle for African independence & self-determination: the decisive defeat at Cuito Cuanavale in Angola of the racist armed forces of the apartheid South African state by combined Cuban and Angolan troops. This led to the immediate independence of Namibia, accelerating the end of racist rule in South Africa. These events and Cuba’s extensive & crucial role in the struggle against apartheid South Africa, however, remain virtually unknown in the West. Also forgotten is the apartheid regime’s regional war of terror, which set the context of Cuba’s intervention. Africa’s Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba & Southern African Liberation will commemorate the 25th anniversary, while elaborating apartheid’s reign of terrorism. The symposium will be held on September 27th& 28th, 2013 at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada.
“The Cuban people hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa. The Cuban internationalists have made a contribution to African independence, freedom and justice unparalleled for its principled and selfless character.” – Nelson Mandela –