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Double Header! Archives Open House and Dr. Arellano on Cuba Noir

What makes Cuba so mysterious? Why is Cuba significant to our noir culture and expectations?


Friends of the Hannon Library invite you to the first of the 2019/20 lecture series, featuring Dr. Robert Arellano who will present INHERENT CRIMINALITY: CUBA NOIR on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Meese Room, on the third floor of the Hannon Library.


Come on by the Hannon Library a little early that afternoon and stop in at the SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES OPEN HOUSE from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. See rare First Folios, one of the largest Shakespearean research collections on the west coast, amazing photographs of early Southern Oregon University history and get your signed copy of “Southern Oregon University,” new from Arcadia Press.


It has been nearly three decades since the last shipment of Soviet oil entered Havana harbor, ending thirty years of Russia's economic aid to Cuba. In 1991, Fidel Castro announced the “Special Period in Peacetime” to gird the island’s 11 million inhabitants for the hardships that would follow — and a new era of Cuban noir was born. In this, the 60th year of the Cuban Revolution, the aftershocks of the Special Period range from absurd to terrifying. Robert Arellano takes you on an insider's tour of Cuba's literary dark side. Dr. Arellano is a founder of SOU’s Emerging Media and Digital Arts program where he teaches courses in design, production, and writing. Arellano is also an accomplished musician, storyteller, and author of six books, most recently Curse the Names, published by Akashic Books in 2012. Arellano travels frequently to Cuba visiting family and friends and researching his next book.


Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the Meese Room.


This event sponsored by the Friends of the Hannon Library and Northwest Archivists.


For more information on the Friends of the Hannon Library and to become a member, visit

For more information on Hannon Library’s Archives and Special Collections, visit

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Hannon Library, Archives 2-4; Meese Room 3:30-6
1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland, OR 97520

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Lectures & Presentations



No charge

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