The José Martí and the events of 1898 International Colloquium will say goodbye this afternoon to three intense days devoted to scientific exchange, reflection, debate of ideas and, above all, to the reunion with the memory of the Cuban nation and the Apostle of the emancipating struggles
Convened by the Centro de Estudios Martianos (CEM) and held in the Vedado mansion where José Francisco – Martí’s son – lived and where the institution is based, the event honors the most universal of Cubans, on the 123rd anniversary of his fall in combat.
In dialogue with the ACN, Dr. Ana Sanchez Collazo, director of the CEM, spoke of the forum as a tribute and reaffirmation of the value and validity of the Marti ideology, and recalled that year after year, near May 19, the Center invites to meet in Havana, each time with a theme or edge suggestive and of great importance to deal with.
This Colloquium has been no less, she assured, and in this sense he considered that the purpose of contributing to the clarification of what happened in 1898 and the immediately preceding and subsequent years, its implications for that time and for the present one, had been fulfilled.
It has also been an excellent opportunity to make way for the truth, amidst the mountain of lies and distortions raised by Cuba’s enemies, as well as to bring to the present warnings made by Martí that we must never forget, and to reaffirm the correctness of his pro-independence, democratic and anti-imperialist ideology, she emphasized.
If it is a question of helping to clarify and open the way to the truth, there is, for example, the masterly lecture Presence and absence of the Marti ideology in 1898, given two days ago, in the inaugural session, by Dr. Ibrahim Hidalgo, National History Prize winner and head of the CEM’s Historical Research Team.
The 62 papers registered for presentation in committees, which are now in their third and final day of sessions, have also contributed much to the exchange of information, opinions and ideas, confirmed Dr Sánchez Collazo.
At noon this Friday, the titles La vigilia perpetua, by Dr. Marlene Vázquez, of the Center for Marti Studies, and La tesorería del Partido Revolucionario Cubano (1892-1895), by Ibrahim Hidalgo himself, will be presented, the result of more than two years of careful research and undoubtedly a very important contribution to Cuban historiography, he said.
This academic meeting between scholars of the life and work of José Martí was attended by representatives of Argentina, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
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