Por Amor conversations


When we’re not traveling we produce a popular ongoing series on culture, travel, and current events of Cuba, Iceland, and beyond. Por Amor Conversations is a free virtual speaker series inviting experts in diverse fields to present, perform, and discuss curious topics related to the places we travel to.

Wherever you are in the world, tune in to Zoom or Facebook Live to learn, engage, and make connections. Or play recordings from our archives below. Sign up for our mailing list so you can be the first to know and register for these stimulating talks. Subscribe to our Facebook page for a steady feed of curated news about Cuba, Iceland, and beyond.

“You will have life changing encounters with individual choreographers, artists, barbers, farmers, curators, spiritual practitioners, and restaurateurs.”
- Richard Loveless, Global Connections: Art and Technology Consulting Services

Our Speakers

The Ocean Doctor
Dr. David Guggenheim
September 25, 2020

Learn about Ocean Doctor’s innovative hands-on conservation program dedicated to preserving Cuba’s spectacular ocean ecosystem. Dr Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer, filmmaker, author and educator. He will discuss the ocean waters around Cuba and also comment on some of the recent press around the search for Atlantis on the Western tip of Cuba.

For The Love of Cuba (a one-woman performance)
Imogene Tondre
August 21, 2020

Imogene Tondre is an American from Oakland, who moved to Havana in 2010 to live and work in Cuban radio. She then enrolled at the University of Havana where she received her Master’s Degree in Cuban Food Culture and the Private Sector and initiated a project called Cocina Abierta that brings together chefs, farmers, and other agricultural experts to share knowledge of producing high-quality food for everyday people. Imogene co-authored the quintessential recipe book on Cuban cuisine for Phaidon Press called “Cuba: The Cookbook.” With a Cuban husband and daughter she experienced life in Cuba in a way that few outsiders have. Last year she moved back to Oakland with her daughter and wrote a riveting solo performance about her time in Cuba.

Literary & Jewish Journeys to Cuba
Ruth Behar
July 30, 2020

Award winning author and scholar Ruth Behar joins Project Por Amor to discuss literary and Jewish journeys to Cuba. Born in Havana, she grew up in New York, has lived in Spain and Mexico, and returns often to Cuba. Her books, Lucky Broken Girl, Translated WomanThe Vulnerable ObserverAn Island Called Home, and Traveling Heavy, have been acclaimed as pioneering works of auto-ethnography. Behar was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and has been named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation. She is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Tierra Sagrada
Ned Sublette & Ben Jaffe
July 2, 2020

Ned Sublette discusses his recent musicological work in Cuba and is joined in his conversation with Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Ned Sublette is the author of The Year Before the Flood, The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, and Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, and is co-author of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry. Ben Jaffe is a luminary jazz bassist and tubist in New Orleans and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, the charitable non-profit that serves the mission to “protect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans jazz music and culture.”

The Economies of Cuba
Dr. Ricardo Torres
June 4, 2020

Economist Dr. Ricardo Torres joins Project Por Amor live from Havana to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Cuba’s daily life as well as what this means for its future. Dr. Torres holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Havana.  He is currently full professor and deputy director of the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) at the University of Havana, and has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University (2011), Ohio State University (2012), Columbia University (2013), American University (2015), Universidad de La República (2016, 2018), Finland’s Central Bank (2019) and Sorbonne Nouvelle’s IHEAL (2019).