Por Amor conversations


When you’re not traveling, tune into our popular ongoing series on culture and current events of Cuba and Iceland. Por Amor Conversations is a free virtual speaker series bringing experts in diverse fields to present, perform, and discuss curious topics related to the places we’ll travel to. Sign up for our mailing list so you can be the first to know and register for these stimulating talks on Zoom and Facebook Live. Enjoy videos from our archives below.

“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

Cuba’s Economy Update in 2021
Dr. Ricardo Torres
January 14, 2021

Dr. Ricardo Torres joins us again to discuss the major economic changes that started taking place at the beginning of 2021. He updates us on how Cuba is
handling the pandemic, the U.S. embargo, and its own inefficiencies. 

Literacy & Other Love Stories
Catherine Murphy
October 22, 2020

Filmmaker and activist Catherine Murphy joins Por Amor Conversations to discuss her film MAESTRA, which chronicals the literacy campaign in Cuba that was launched shortly after Fidel came to power. Her intimate work in literacy and education has given way to a new project she is working on called The Literacy Project. 

The Ocean Doctor
Dr. David Guggenheim
September 25, 2020

Learn about the Ocean Doctor’s innovative hands-on conservation program dedicated to preserving Cuba’s spectacular ocean ecosystem as Dr. Guggenheim discusses the ocean waters around 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.  With a Cuban husband and daughter, she experienced life in Cuba in a way that few outsiders have. Written and performed by Imogene, For the Love of Cuba is her love letter to the island.

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 life’s work is dedicated to studying and learning about the Jewish population in Cuba. 

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. Ben Jaffe and Ned Sublette have spent years working on music in Cuba, and share stories, musical findings, and their love of Cuba in this riveting Conversation. 

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. 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 all over the world including Harvard University (2011), Columbia University (2013), American University (2015), Finland’s Central Bank (2019) and many other universities.