Studying Cuba: Historical and Theoretical Challenges and Opportunities

October 3, 2008 - 4:00 PM


“Revisiting Cuban Sugar before the Revolution”

Alan Dye

Associate Professor of Economics, Barnard College / Columbia University

“The Cuban Transition and Its Crossroads”

Samuel Farber

Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College

“The Cuban Revolution: A Historical Perspective”

José Moya

Professor of History, Barnard College / Columbia University

“Notes on Cuba’s ‘Exceptionalism'”

Mauricio Font

The Graduate Center and Queens College

“Cubanía and the Study of Freemasonry”

Julie Skurski

The Graduate Center

This panel is part of an effort at the Cuba Project/Bildner Center to take stock of major academic debates about the understanding of contemporary Cuban society historically and theoretically. The five panelists offer stimulating accounts and sharpening of issues regarding important aspects of republican Cuba, the 1959 revolution, and current the dynamics of succession or transition. Future panels will extend this discussion.

About the Speakers:

Alan Dye, associate professor of economics, has written and lectured extensively on Cuba, in particular US-Cuba trade policy. He is author of Cuban Sugar in the Age of Mass Production: Technology, and the Economics of the Sugar Central, 1899-1929 (Stanford University Press, 1998). José Moya, professor of history and director of the Barnard Forum on Migration, is a native of Cuba and an expert on Latin American history and global migration. His award-winning book, Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930, has been widely acclaimed as a model for migration studies. Samuel Farber has also published extensively on Cuba, his most recent book being The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). Mauricio Font is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. He has published several papers and books on Cuba.