A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.
Dinner to precede lecture at 6:00 pm at The Thompson Center. Dinner is $20 per person. Reservations required
Menu: Cuban Spiced Pork Loin, Citrus Sweet Potato Mash, Green Beans, Pear Ginger Galette
The Spanish-American war of 1898 ended Spain’s four hundred year rule of Cuba. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate and decades of instability followed, culminating in Batista’s military dictatorship. The 1959 Cuban Revolution is one of the great underdog stories in history, in which a tiny band of young rebels prevailed against all odds. This nationalist revolution quickly fell under the sway of the USSR and Cuba’s previously close ties with the U.S. were abruptly severed.
This illustrated presentation by novelist and lecturer Tim Weed, a long-time observer of the island, will highlight recent changes in light of Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty.
Tim Weed is an award-winning novelist and lecturer who teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and Western Connecticut State University.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC. This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.