Many people attended a lecture titled “The Havana Cigar Goes Global” Wednesday night on the University of Florida Campus. The 2011 Bacardi Family Lecture had a great turnout as it looked into the significance, history, and future of the Havana cigar. Jean Stubbs is the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies Bacardi Family Eminent Scholar for Spring 2011. She spoke about her journey around the world learning about Cuban cigars. The event took place inside the George S. Smathers Library located on the University of Florida campus.
About 150 students, Gainesville residents and community leaders gathered around a prayer mat, listened in silence and held carnations in their hands as a University of Florida student sang. The words were meant to comfort in times of mourning.