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Alejandro de la Fuente

“Racial Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the Cuban Revolution”

February 6, 2015

Dr. Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University. He is also Professor of African and African American Studies, and of History. He is the director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is an authoritative scholar of worldwide recognition in the fields of Latin American History and Economics. He has written extensively on issues related to the African diaspora, on the impact of slavery and on the subsequent contributions of people of African descent on contemporary societies across the Americas. He has written, as well, on race, politics, social revolutions, nation building, and cultural and artistic production by Afro-Latin Americans, particularly in Cuba and the Caribbean.

Professor Alejandro de la Fuente’s scholarship addresses themes that are relevant to the history, culture, and arts of Black people around the world. It broadens our understanding of a people that has emerged out of slavery, fought many revolutions, and continues to fight for civil rights and meaningful participation in society. His historical presentation at MU on the Afro-Cuban experience will attract students and faculty from various departments, including Black Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, English, Latin American Studies, History, Political Science, Economics, and Law, among others.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 5:30 PM LEADERSHIP AUDITORIUM Room 2501, STUDENT CENTER