Panel Session on Cuba, Photography, and the Environment

Clyde Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature. For more than fifty years, he has been preserving on film the untouched areas of the landscape. For four months, "Cuba: The Natural Beauty," an exhibition of his work, done in conjunction with the United Nations Conference for the Sustainable Habitat of the Mountains, will be on display at the Glenn Hubert Library (HL) at BBC.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday, November 1st, and will be marked by a panel discussion on Cuba, art and photography, and the environment. The panel will take place on Tuesday, November 1st at 11am in HL 175. The panelists are:

Clyde Butcher, Photographer

Clyde Butcher, large format photographer and environmental restoration and preservation leader, has had his work shown in museums and libraries across the US. He has received awards from the Sierra Club, Everglades Coalition, Nature Conservancy and the North American Nature Photography Association. In 2005 he received the Florida International University Humanitarian of the Year Award, and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Florida and “Person of the Week” on ABC World News.

Patrick Farrell, Photographer and Adjunct Lecturer, CARTA,

Patrick Farrell, a staff photographer at the Miami Herald since 1987, is the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography and an Adjunct Professor teaching photojournalism at FIU.

Evelyn Gaiser, Professor, SEAS,

Dr. Evelyn Gaiser an aquatic ecologist with extensive experience in studying the long-term dynamics of ecosystems, with a great interest in paleoecological studies of diatoms, and has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters  on algal community response to drivers of environmental change. She is the Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts, and Society at FIU and lead Principal Investigator of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program.

Jennifer Gebelein, Affiliated Research Professor, SEAS and Cuban Research Institute,

Dr. Jennifer Gebelein, Affiliated Research Faculty at FIU, is the author of the 2012 book “A Geographic Perspective of Cuban Landscapes” published in Springer Press’ Landscape Series, which focuses on how the physical landscape of Cuba has changed and evolved into the environment we see today.  It is currently under revision for release in January 2017.

Mercedes Vigon (Moderator), Associate Director of the International Media Center and Associate Professor, CARTA,

The panel discussion is free and open to all. For more information, please contact Ashley Garcia at or 305.348.6269.

The exhibition will run from November 1 through February 28th, and has been put together with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

This event will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL). To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend this event, please contact the FIU Disability Resource Center to make the request at 305-348-3532 or at least 5 business days before the event. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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