“In this nursery they spent the winter of the dark centuries
the ancient knowledge, waiting for better times. “
When in 1990 a name was thought for the Center of Studies of the Archdiocese of Havana, nothing could overcome the idea of a “vivarium”, as a reservoir of knowledge and knowledge acquired in the process of reflection and research.
From eminently ecumenical and philosophical roots, this center later became Cathedra of Cultural Studies Vivarium, composed by intellectuals representatives of various disciplines such as philosophy, philology, literature, theology, pedagogy, arts, medical and natural sciences.
This group emerges with the function of debating around the different aspects of the culture and spiritual life of our society, in order to improve and strengthen the identity and humanistic values of our nation, promote respectful dialogue among currents of thought and highlight the scientific contributions of great Cuban figures throughout history.
To fulfill these objectives, Vivarium magazine emerged as spokesperson for the research results and the scientific and cultural activities of the chair. This publication publishes annually two issues and two books that compile monographs and essays. And although it emanates from the Catholic Church, it covers all aspects of society, thought and culture.
The Chair, composed of 15 permanent members, has its headquarters in the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, of the Archdiocese of Havana. Convenes, both from its theoretical sessions and from the “José Lezama Lima” Humanistic Studies Classroom, creation workshops, research symposiums, congresses, book presentations, lectures and teaching seminars, poetry and essay competitions, recitals, lectures, exhibitions and commemorations.
Affiliated with the International Society of Cuban Studies, this magazine has been recognized by the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), the culture section of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, the editorial division of the United Nations Educational Organization, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the Pontifical Commission for Culture, the Nobel Prize for Literature Octavio Paz, among other personalities and institutions.