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Cuba Studies Program: The 'Liberal Moment' of the Revolution: Early Educational Reforms in Revolutionary Cuba

CGIS South, S-216 (Resource Room), 1730 Cambridge Street
Fri., Mar. 31, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m.

Cuba Studies Program: The 'Liberal Moment' of the Revolution: Early Educational Reforms in Revolutionary Cuba

The history of Cuba’s revolution is usually associated with an authoritarian, Soviet-influenced model of Communism. The success of Cuba’s educational system has often been praised as the revolution’s most impressive achievement. Were these two notions necessarily tied together? In this talk I argue that the revolutionary government’s early reforms were democratic, liberal and based on republican traditions but influenced by a revolutionary impetus. Unearthing educational policies characterized by public-private partnerships and heterogeneous pedagogical influences and forms of collaboration, including from the United States, helps revising a dominant teleological perspective on Cuban historiography, historicize the shift towards socialist policies and enrich contemporary debates on reforms in Cuba today.

Gazette Classification: Lecture
Organization/Sponsor: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
Speaker(s): Rainer Schultz, Ph.D., Director of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), Cuba Divisional Center in Havana
Contact Info: Cary Garcia Yero (cubanstudies@fas.harvard.edu)
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Date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:00