LAII Lecture Series: Marifeli Pérez-Stable: Cuba After Fidel
||LAII, Conference Room
||In this presentation, Dr. Marifeli Pérez-Stable will offer a presentation that examines a post-Castro Cuba and the legacy of Fidel. Fidel Castro (1926-2016), el Comandante, has long been at the center of Cuba. Yet if his passing in 2016 signals the end of an era, that period of change had already begun some eight years earlier, when he had formally relinquished the government and allowed his brother, Raúl Castro, to assume the presidency in 2008. Raúl's period of leadership has been characterized as institutional rather than revolutionary: he followed through on modest economic reforms, held party congresses regularly, and led the National Assembly. In 2009, Raúl told Cubans and the world that he would step down from the presidency in 2018. If so - and it is likely that it will be - Cubans will for the first time in nearly 60 years have a president whose last name is other than Castro. While it is not foreseeable that Havana will then respect human rights or hold free elections, the symbols of power will have changed. For most Cuban citizens, the key question will continue to be "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" - a reasonable demand that has not been predictably met in nearly six decades. In a post-Castro administration, the ruling elite will also have to face the growing socioeconomic inequalities that endanger the revolution's ethos. Pérez-Stable is a professor of sociology at Florida International University. She is the author of The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies (Routledge, 2011). She is currently working on "Cuba's Long Twentieth Century," a book manuscript.
||Florida International University, Kimberly Green Latin American & Caribbean Center, and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII)
||This event is supported with additional funding from U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center funding.