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The 1959 Cuban Revolution: Myths, Memories, and Legacies

Assistant Professor of History Devyn Benson discusses how the 1959 Cuban Revolution shaped world politics during the second half of the twentieth century
When Feb 25, 2016
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where West Laville Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 225-578-2479
Attendees Honors College students and LSU students
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Few events shaped world politics during the last century as profoundly as the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Transformed by the leadership of Fidel Castro into a socialist country, the Cuban revolution attempted to reshape society by eradicating racism, sexism, and illiteracy. However, these policies were uneven and included contradictions that hampered the elimination of various forms of discrimination. Cubans who lived through the Revolution also differed in their reactions to it: while many celebrated the social impact of Cuba’s revolution, others condemned the revolutionary state as nothing more than a repressive (albeit populist) dictatorship.

This talk examines the myths, memories, and legacies of the 1959 Cuban Revolution as a way of thinking about Cuba in the 21st century. Now that the United States has reestablished diplomatic relations and Cuba is preparing for a 2017 shift in leadership the big question is—what’s next?

Professor Benson will lead the Honors in Cuba program this summer. Students who participate in the program will explore the country, visit historical sites, and experience Cuban art, music, and dance—they will also have the chance to experience, first-hand, the ways in which rapidly changing U.S.-Cuban relations will affect Cubans and Cuban society.

Come and meet Dr. Benson and find out about HONORS IN CUBA.