Lecture: Italy, the United States, and Transnational Perspectives of ‘Cuba Libre’

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 6 lecture series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, with the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (CEAPRC), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “A Transnational Perspective on ‘Cuba Libre’: Late 19th Century Views from Italy and the United States” by Dr. Alessandra Lorini (Department of Historical and Geographic Studies, University of Florence, Italy). Dr. Antonio Gaztambide (Department of General Social Sciences, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator. The lecture will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 10:00am – 12:00noon at the Aula Magna CEAPRC, Calle del Cristo # 52, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

During the Cuban war of independence of 1895-98, a movement to support Cuban insurgents developed in Italy in the aftermath of the defeat of the Italian army at Adwa, Ethiopia, in March 1896 which caused the loss of prestige of Italy on the international scene and the explosion of internal social unrest. Italian radical republicans and socialists attempted to re-establish Italian national pride by building a movement on the ashes of a colonial defeat in support of another people’s cause of freedom from colonial oppression. Progressive Italian papers urged Italians to take side with the struggle of Cuban insurgents; some 5,000 Italians volunteered to fight for Cuba Libre but were stopped by the change of the international scene that the US military intervention of 1898 had caused. The lecture will offer a transnational reading of the first US occupation of Cuba (1898-1902) by looking at how North American public opinion, the Italian press, and supporters of Cuba Libre represented the period of Cuba “between empires.”

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

Photo from http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/cuban-army.htm

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