Panel Co-chair, Co-organizer, Presenter: “Post-communist Perspectives on Medicine, Literature, and Film.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), March 29-April 1, 2018. Presentation title: “Post-Communist Tourism and Medical Humanities in Yoss’s “A Planet for Rent.”
Presenter: Reading from Letters from Camus, a novel in progress. “Homecomings, Placements, and Displacements in Contemporary Cuban-American Literature,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Tampa, Florida, March 7-10, 2018.
Guest Performer: “Hasta Santiago a pie.” UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, UC Irvine, November 17, 2017.
Discussant at Large: UC-Cuba Graduate Workshop, UC-Cuba Academic Initiative, UC Irvine, November 17, 2017.
Invited Speaker: Premiere of feature film, Forbidden Cuba, directed by Art Jones, West Coast Premiere at the Downtown Los Angeles, Film Festival, September 23, 2017.
Invited Speaker: Starting a Writing Career. Bindercon, LA 2017, University of California, Los Angeles.
Panel Chair, Organizer, Presenter: “Righting and Writing Cuba from Afar.”Reading Cuba: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Literature, Florida International University, Miami, November 9-10, 2016. Presentation title: “Ways of Going Home: Fiction, Inscription & Translation in Until We’re Fish.” Reading from Until We’re Fish (novel manuscript).
Panel Chair, Organizer, Presenter: “José Martí in the 21st Century.” Latin American Studies Conference on Cuba in the 21st Century, California State University, San Bernardino, April 28-29, 2016. Paper Title: “Martí, Abdala & the Arab World”
Invited Writer: Reading of “Even You, Miami.” Saw Palm—Florida Literature and Art. Launching of Saw Palm’s Issue 10 on Cuban and Cuban-American writers. Tampa, Florida, March 3, 2016.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Reorienting the Racial Compass: Moros, turcos, polacos, judíos and palestinos in Cuban Studies and Beyond.” The 10th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), February 26 and 28, 2015.
Visiting Fellow Discussant: UC-CUBA Graduate Student Workshop. UC Irvine, November 14-15, 2014.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Hagar’s Other Children: Moorish, Arab, and Islamic Presence in Latin American Literature and Cultural Production.” LASA, Chicago, May 21 –24, 2014.
Invited Talk: “The Best Go to Algeria: Algeria in the Cuban Imagination in the 1950s and 1960s.” New Directions in Cuban Studies, Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellows Conference, University of Miami, March 20 and 21, 2014.
Panel Chair and Organizer: “Oriente and Orientalism in Cuban Cultural Studies.” The 9th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), May 23 and 25, 2013.
Panel Co-organizer and Presenter: “Diasporic Transformations and Reimaginations: Performing Cuban Identity in the U.S. and Abroad.” The 9th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University (FIU), May 23 and 25, 2013. Paper Title: “Cuban à l’Arab: Cubanness and Exile in Jesús Díaz’s ‘El pianista árabe.’”
Panel Co-organizer and Presenter: “(Re)Mapping the Nation: Latin America in the Twentieth Century.” LASA, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.