An American Story” – •

The Heart for Latin American and Latinx Research Exterior Speaker Sequence (CLALSES) on the College of Pennsylvania is internet hosting the ebook launch of Ada Ferrer (Julius Silver Professor of Historical past and Latin American and Caribbean Historical past, New York College) the place she’s going to discuss her new ebook Cuba: An American Story (Scribner, 2021). Moderated by Odette Casamayor-Cisneros, this occasion takes place on Monday, November 8, at 4:00pm. This a hybrid occasion that might be held on the Perry World Home (3803 Locust Stroll) International Coverage Lab, and on Zoom.

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Description (Simon & Schuster): “Filled with…vigorous insights and lucid prose” (The Wall Road Journal) an epic, sweeping historical past of Cuba and its advanced ties to the US—from earlier than the arrival of Columbus to the current day—written by one of many world’s main historians of Cuba.

In 1961, on the peak of the Chilly Battle, the US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, the place a momentous revolution had taken energy three years earlier. For greater than half a century, the stand-off continued—via the tenure of ten American presidents and the fifty-year rule of Fidel Castro. His loss of life in 2016, and the retirement of his brother and successor Raúl Castro in 2021, have spurred questions concerning the nation’s future. In the meantime, politics in Washington—Barack Obama’s opening to the island, Donald Trump’s reversal of that coverage, and the election of Joe Biden—have made the connection between the 2 nations a topic of debate as soon as extra.

Now, award-winning historian Ada Ferrer delivers an “necessary” (The Guardian) and shifting chronicle that calls for a brand new reckoning with each the island’s previous and its relationship with the US. Spanning greater than 5 centuries, Cuba: An American Historical past offers us with a front-row seat as we witness the evolution of the trendy nation, with its dramatic document of conquest and colonization, of slavery and freedom, of independence and revolutions made and unmade.

Alongside the best way, Ferrer explores the typically shocking, usually troubled intimacy between the 2 international locations, documenting not solely the affect of the US on Cuba but additionally the various methods the island has been a recurring presence in US affairs. This can be a story that can give People sudden insights into the historical past of their very own nation and, in so doing, assist them think about a brand new relationship with Cuba; “readers will shut [this] fascinating ebook with a way of hope” (The Economist).

Stuffed with rousing tales and characters, and drawing on greater than thirty years of analysis in Cuba, Spain, and the US—in addition to the creator’s personal intensive journey to the island over the identical interval—it is a gorgeous and monumental account like no different.

Ada Ferrer is Julius Silver Professor of Historical past and Latin American and Caribbean Research at New York College, the place she has taught since 1995. She is the creator of Rebel Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, winner of the Berkshire Guide Prize for one of the best first ebook by a girl in any area of historical past, and Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti within the Age of Revolution, which received the Frederick Douglass Guide Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Heart at Yale College in addition to a number of prizes from the American Historic Affiliation. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, she has been touring to and conducting analysis on the island since 1990.

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