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Architectural Preservationist Dennis Domer To Give Inaugural Lecture On Sept. 23 On How The Socialist Policies Of Castro Have Shaped Cuba

September 19, 2005 --

WHO:        Dennis Domer, the Helen Edwards Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation, University of Kentucky

WHAT:      Lecture — “Making Do: Architecture, Urbanism and Preservation in Castro’s Cuba”

WHEN:      Friday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m.

WHERE:     U.Va School of Architecture

Campbell Hall, Room 153

Dennis Domer, an expert in historic architecture and preservation, will give the inaugural Jane Lewis and John Jackson Kelly Lecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on Sept. 23. 

In his talk, “Making Do: Architecture, Urbanism and Preservation in Castro’s Cuba,” Domer will discuss the influence socialist revolutionary Fidel Castro’s policies have had on the architecture and people of Cuba, which Castro has ruled since 1959. 

Castro’s government and economic polices have shaped the city, buildings and multiple identities of the Cuban people, who live in a landscape stigmatized by the politics of the only Communist regime in the Western hemisphere.

Domer has visited Cuba numerous times, working with colleagues on educational programs relating to architecture, historic preservation, and urban life in Havana. He is currently editing a manuscript about the

Santiago underground in the 1950s and life as a foot soldier under Castro and Che Guevara in the mountains, 1957-1958.

For more information contact Derry Wade at (434) 982-2921 or derry@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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