Colorful conversation brings scholars together

Professors specializing in history and Latino studies spoke Wednesday afternoon at Miller Nichols library about the controversial topic of Cuba, an island forbidden to US travel until recently.

History professor Dennis Merrill gave a commanding, albeit quick lecture about Cuban-American relations. While mentioning modern Cuban history, he did not forget to discuss the Obama Administration’s attempt to thaw relations with Cuba a few years ago. He also shed some light on the current Trump administration’s potentially limiting actions.

Professor Merrill laced his dialogue with some interesting thoughts. Towards the end of his speech, he mused about his time in Cuba. “Conversing with Cuban taxi drivers is fascinating,” Merrill said.

Next up was Professor Joseph Hartman, a member of the Latino Studies Department. He discussed ideas such as neo-colonialism and Santeria, and how they continue to influence and pervade modern Cuban culture.

Professor Hartman also had some deeply personal thoughts about Cuba. “Cuba is a friend to me,” he said right at the beginning of his speech.

The event excited former economics professor Judith Ancel.

“Both Dennis Merrill and Joseph Hartman gave adequate historical and political context so we could understand both the current political situation and the meaning of the slides of art works by dissidents,” Ancel said.

Current Professor and Chair of the Latino Studies department Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita was also pleased with the event on Wednesday.

“The audience was diverse, composed of professors, students, staff, and community members, which made for a lively Q&A period and conversation over food afterwards,” she reflected.

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