The Struggle for Democracy in Cuba: The Republic

October 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The Struggle for Democracy in Cuba: The Republic. October 30, 2015

Political Violence in Cuba after the Revolution of 1933

Samuel Farber, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College

Chibás and the Struggle for Democracy

Ilan Ehrlich, Bergen Community College

Batista/Anti-Batista: A Doomed Republic

Frank Argote-Freyre, Kean University


Ana María Hernández, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY


samuel_farberSamuel 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 most recent book is Cuba Since The Revolution of 1959. A Critical Assessment published by Haymarket Books in 2011.



Ilan_EhIlan Ehrlich (Ph.D., Graduate Center) is an assistant professor of history at Bergen Community College. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history in September of 2009 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His forthcoming book, entitled, Eduardo Chibás: The Incorrigible Man of Cuban Politics is a political biography that explores the role of messianism and charisma in defending democratic institutions. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Ehrlich was a dissertation fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography.


frank_argote-freyre_316Frank Argote-Freyre (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is assistant professor of Latin American history at Kean University. He published Fulgencio Batista: From Revolutionary to Strongman in 2006, and A Brief History of the Caribbean, coauthored with Danilo Figueredo, in 2008. He was assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Cuba (2003).Argote-Freyre is involved in many social causes, including the struggle for immigrant rights and social justice. He serves as Chair of the New Jersey Commission on New Americans. Argote-Freyre is the President of the Latino Action Network and Director of the Latino Coalition. Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist and columnist for 10 years and as a congressional press secretary.


ahernandezAna María Hernádez specializes in Caribbean and River Plate studies and is Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY). She coordinates the Latin American Studies and Spanish translation programs at LaGuardia. As a fellow of the Bildner Center, she participates in the coordination of events about Cuban art, music and literature. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Felisberto Hernández and Antonio Benítez Rojo. Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos (Stockcero, 2011), and an edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s novel Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Angel (Stockcero, 2013).