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Cuba-U.S. Relations Expert to Speak at Pomona College

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, historian Louis A. Pérez, Jr., an expert on Cuba-U.S. relations, will deliver two lectures as part of the series, “Cuba and the United States: Between Representation and Reality.” The talks will be held at Pomona College on Tuesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 16, both at 11 a.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Pérez, professor of history at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will examine the socio-cultural and political histories of both Cuba and the U.S. during the 19th and 20th-centuries, positing that Cuba served as “something of a laboratory” of the U.S. empire, particularly for those who believed that possessing Cuba was necessary to the nation's well-being.

The schedule is as follows:

“The Politics of Culture and the Origins of the Cuban Revolution”
Tuesday, April 14 at 11 a.m.
Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre
(Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th Street, Claremont)

“Looking Back on Cuba's Future”
Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m.
Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre
(Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th Street, Claremont)

An award-winning author, Pérez has written and edited 18 books, most recently Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (2008) and To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society (2007). The Latin American Review of Books praised Cuba in the American Imagination as an excellent work, calling it “one of the most important contributions to the debate about U.S.-Cuban relations…required reading for policymakers, Latin Americanists, and Cuban exiles everywhere.” Currently, he is the editor of Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos, the leading scholarly journal of Cuban history.

Pérez has been named as a fellow by the Ford Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

These events are sponsored by the Pomona College History Department’s 2008-2009 Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series. For further information, call: (909) 607-2919; or e-mail april.mayes@pomona.edu.