Friday, November 30, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Thompson Library, Room 165
Social scientists look to economic and social structures to find the root causes of revolutions, but what about history itself as a rationale for radical change? Professor Louis A. Pérez will explore Fidel Castro's use of history and national identity in mobilizing Cubans for revolution.
Dr. Louis A. Pérez is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and Director for the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina. Professor Pérez' research focuses on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean, especially Cuba. An award-winning author, Pérez has published five books on the Cuban history, including The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past (2013); Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution (2014; and Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (2008). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Pérez is in demand as a commentator on U.S./Cuban affairs for CNN, Democracy Now! and Newsday.
This is a Center for Historical Research presentation. This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies.