Sources: Katrina M. Lewis, 785-532-5992, katrina@k-state.edu;
and Jeffrey Smith, 785-532-3412, jssmith7@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Emily Vietti, 785-532-1090, evietti@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cuban connection: Havana professor, architect visiting campus to discuss Cuban architecture and society

MANHATTAN -- A collaboration between two Kansas State University faculty members, with help from several university offices and units, is working to establish research connections in Cuba.

Mabel Matamoros, architect and professor at the Jose Antonio Echevarria Polytechnic Institute in Havana, Cuba, has been brought to campus by the efforts of Katrina Lewis, assistant professor of interior architecture and product design, and Jeffrey Smith, associate professor of geography. Matamoros will be on campus through May 5 to meet with faculty and students in several departments and campus organizations for discussions on a variety of cultural and architectural topics.

Matamoros' visit was made possible with assistance from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design; the department of geography; the office of international programs; the department of modern languages; and Alianza, the faculty-staff organization that advocates the advancement of Hispanics and Latinos.

While at the university, Matamoros will help to incorporate global perspectives into classes in interior architecture and geography and to give lectures and lead discussions on Cuban architecture and society.

Her main lecture will be at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The lecture, "An Overview of Cuba Today," is free and open to the public.