ICS Lecture: Spiritualism and Urban Planning in Cuba after 1898


As part of the Caribbean Conferences 20 (CC20), the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture: “Espiritismo y planificación urbana en Cuba: La regeneración de La Habana y Oriente después del 1898” [Spiritualism and Urban Planning in Cuba: The Regeneration of Havana and the Oriente Province after 1898] by Dr. Reinaldo L. Román [History Department, University of Georgia; author of Governing Spirits: Religion, Miracles, and Spectacles in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1956 (Chapel Hill: University of  North Carolina Press, 2007).

The activity will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP. Dr. Gerardo Hernández [Department of Humanities, UPR-Río Piedras; author of El espiritismo en Puerto Rico: 1860-1907 (San Juan, PR: Academia Puertorriqueña de la Historia, 2015)] will serve as commentator.

Description: Officials of the United States military government (1898-1902) established a new urban planning regime in Cuba. The authorities made El Vedado the model to follow in urban areas and, for rural areas, they found their model in the sugar mills of eastern Cuba. Although the origins of such companies were diverse, religion played a role in the construction plans of the new Cuba. George Kennan, a celebrated chronicler of tsarist Russia, pointed out that the measures taken in Santiago de Cuba in 1899 were consistent with Protestant social ethics. If so, Protestants were not the only ones concerned with urban planning issues. Spiritualists also traced utopias and even founded communities far removed from the neocolonial exemplar and the citadel of sugar.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu

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Also see https://www.uncpress.org/book/9780807858363/governing-spirits/

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