The University of Iowa

‘Lessons Learned in Cuba’ is topic of percussionist Spiro lecture Dec. 7

November 29th, 2011

Ida Beam visitor and world percussionist Michael Spiro will present a free public lecture Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre about his extensive travel to Cuba and how those experiences have shaped his ideas about teaching.

Spiro’s presentation, titled “Lessons Learned in Cuba: Integrating Traditional Wisdom with Modern Pedagogy,” will explore how his ideas on teaching have evolved and developed as a result of his early visits to Cuba, especially in relation to his work developing curriculum in higher education institutions.

Spiro is professor of world percussion in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has traveled annually to Cuba since 1984.

This lecture is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies program within International Programs; the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program.

Spiro will also be featured in a free concert at the Englert Theatre Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Spiro’s visit, contact James Dreier at or 319-621-6002.