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Harvard historian Alejandro de la Fuente to discuss "Racial Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the Cuban Revolution,” November 19, 2015

Harvard historian Alejandro de la Fuente will address race issues and politics in Cuba in his talk, "Racial Democracy in Latin America:  Lessons from the Cuban Revolution.” The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 19, 5:30pm, in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. This event is free and open to the public.

De la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at Harvard University. His areas of expertise include comparative slavery, race relations, and Atlantic history. Among his many accomplishments, de la Fuente is also the founding director of the Institute of Afro-Latin American Studies at Harvard and co-chair of the university’s Cuban Studies Program.

His book A Nation for All:  Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba received the Southern Historical Association's 2003 prize for "best book in Latin American History.” He is also the author of Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century and editor of two bilingual (Spanish-English) volumes, Grupo Antillano: The Art of AfroCuba and Queloides:  Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art.

This event is sponsored by the History Department’s Charles C. Griffin Memorial Lecture Fund.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 30, 2015