ICS Lecture: Stuart B. Schwartz, “In the Shadow of Flora and Katrina”


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 next Conferencias Caribeñas (CC21) lecture: “In the Shadow of Flora and Katrina: Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Neoliberal Age,” by Dr. Stuart B. Schwartz (George Burton Adams Professor of History, Yale University; author of Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina). Dr. Juan A. Giusti-Cordero (Department of History and the Caribbean Archive, UPR-RP) will introduce the speaker and serve as commentator. Dr. Tania del Mar López-Marrero (Department of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Center of Littoral Studies, UPR-Mayagüez) will also comment the lecture.

The activity will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at REB 238 (Room 238 of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Building), School of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: The Cuban response to hurricane Flora (1963) and the U.S. management of Hurricane Katrina (2005) represent two divergent conceptions of how to react to natural disasters. By reviewing the long and changing history of government responsibility in catastrophes, the present challenge created by hurricanes Irma and Maria can be seen as a demonstration of changing ideas about society, economy, and the power of market forces. They should be analyzed within the context of growing neo-liberal solutions, post-colonial attitudes, and the possibility of alternative, state-based  or communal actions.

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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