Florida Conversations: Voices from Mariel 


September, 2018





6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST



Tampa Bay History Center

Between April and September 1980, more than 125,000 Cuban refugees fled their homeland, seeking freedom from Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. They departed in boats from the port of Mariel and braved the dangerous 90-mile journey across the Straits of Florida.

Author José Manuel García, who emigrated on the Mariel boatlift as a teenager, describes the events that led to the exodus during this month’s Florida Conversations lecture.

Following his talk, Dr. Garcia will screen his documentary, upon which his book is based.

José Manuel García is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Florida Southern College. He wrote the script for the international award-winning documentary Voices from Mariel and is the author of La literatura cubano americana y su imagen.

Co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and supported by WUSF Public Media, Florida Conversations features authors and presenters covering a variety of Florida topics, from politics to fiction, history to environmental issues.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, contact the History Center at (813) 228-0097.