WORM: A Cuban American Odyssey by Edel Rodriguez

November 9, 2023 - 6:00 pm

Room 9207
The Graduate Center, CUNY

book cover

A Book Presentation followed by a Q&A with the artist, Edel Rodriguez.
Through vivid, stirring art, Worm tells a story of a boyhood in the midst of the Cold War, a family’s displacement in exile, and their tenacious longing for those they left behind. It also recounts the coming-of-age of an artist and activist, who, witnessing American’s turn from democracy to extremism, struggles to differentiate his adoptive country from the dictatorship he fled. Confronting questions of patriotism and the liminal nature of belonging, Edel Rodriguez ultimately celebrates the immigrants, maligned and overlooked, who guard and invigorate American freedom.


Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Los Angeles, Havana, Berlin, La Paz, Cape Town, Prague, and London. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Time magazine, he has created over two hundred magazine and book covers and illustrated several children’s books, including Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, and is the author of Sergio Jumps and Sergio Saves the Game. Rodriguez’s artwork is collected by various institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, and has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators. Worm is his first graphic novel.

Moderator: Jennifer Caroccio Maldonado, Baruch College, CUNY

TO REGISTER send email to bildner@gc.cuny.edu

This event is co-sponsored by the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and the International Migration Studies program at the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as Baruch College’s Initiative for the Study of Latin America (ISLA), and Baruch’s Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Black and Latin@ Studies.