Cuba: Ideas for a New Republic (1900-1940s)

March 22, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Cuba: Ideas for a New Republic (1900-1940s)

Room 9206/07
The Graduate Center, CUNY

This panel explores the forms of republicanism competing for political space in the creation of the Cuban republic. It identifies main actors, the meanings of “Republic” and “Revolution” and the problematics of order and stability. When, how, and with what significance did Marxism emerge? Did varieties of republican projects and ideologies through the 1930s and 1940s coalesce into durable coalitions?

“A Radical Vision for the Cuban Republic? The Cuban Communist before the 1959 Revolution”
Samuel Farber, Brooklyn College

“Liberales, conservadores y socialistas en la Primera República Cubana: 1901-1940”
Rafael Rojas, CIDE, Mexico CityYale University

Moderator: Mauricio Font, Bildner Center

Samuel Farber is an emeritus professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. He was born and raised in Cuba and has written numerous books and articles about the country. His is the author of Cuba Since The Revolution of 1959. A Critical Assessment (Haymarket Books, 2011) and The Politics of Che Guevara: Theory and Practice (Haymarket Books, 2016).

Rafael Rojas Gutiérrez is distinguished Cuban essayist and historian who currently resides in Mexico. He has written more than fifteen books on politics and intellectual history in Latin America, Cuba and Mexico. He is a professor and researcher at the CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) since 1996. He was Visiting Professor at Princeton in Fall 2017 and is visiting Yale for the Spring 2018 semester. His latest book is El cambio constitucional en Cuba (2017).

Mauricio Font is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Professor Font’s most recent publication is The State and the Private Sector in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


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