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Cuban Political History Then and Now: A Conversation with Professor Lillian Guerra

04/22/2021 @ 12:00 PM

On Thursday, April 22, 12pm EDT, Professor Lillian Guerra, an internationally acclaimed expert on Cuban history and author of prize-winning books on Cuba, discussed how the legacies of Communism have shaped Cuba. Guerra is Professor of Cuban & Caribbean History at the University of Florida and was previously Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Yale University.


David Sanchez ’84 MA, MPhil moderated this webinar alongside SUBE co-President, Paulo Ernesto Gaviria ’23. SUBE is Yale’s Latinx Pre-Professional and Leadership Student Association, and co-sponsors this Yale Latino Alumni Network webinar alongside the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups.

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Professor Lillian Guerra is the author of five books of history: Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico, The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba, Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971; Heroes, Martyrs and Political Messiahs in Revolutionary Cuba, 1946-1958; and most recently, Patriots and Traitors in Revolutionary Cuba, 1961-1981, to be published in 2022. In 2014, Visions of Power in Cuba received the Bryce Wood Best Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, its most prestigious prize for a book on Latin America across all fields. The daughter of Cubans who came to the United States in 1965, Guerra studied history and Spanish at Dartmouth, received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin and has taught Cuban, Caribbean and Modern Latin American history at Bates College (2000-2004), Yale University (2004-2010) and the University of Florida (2010-present).

Paulo Ernesto Gaviria ’23 is double majoring in Economics and Statistics & Data Science, and is Co-President of SUBE, Yale’s Latinx Pre-Professional and Leadership Student Association, as well as a Yale student body Senator, the Industrials Portfolio Manager for the Hispanic Capital Group, and a Varsity Men’s Rugby team member. Gaviria endeavors to build a construction company within the coming decade, having been raised within a Colombian family of plumbers and contractors, and having worked alongside immigrants in excavation this past summer replacing main sewer and water lines. This summer he will be interning at Facebook as a data engineer.


David Sanchez MA ’84, MPhil earned two graduate degrees at Yale and has been a pioneer in hedge funds since 1989 as CEO of his firm, Singular Global. David is president of the Yale Club of South Florida, Chairman of the Yale Latino Alumni Network and has served twice on the YAA Board of Governors. David was the inaugural Chair for the first two years of Yale’s Day of Service.


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