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International History Annual Lecture

Hosted by the Department of International History

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), United Kingdom


Professor Ada Ferrer

Professor Ada Ferrer

New York University


Professor N. Piers Ludlow

Professor N. Piers Ludlow

London School of Economics

We are delighted to announce this year's International History Department Annual Lecture: “One War Among Others: Cuba, the Cold War, and the Temporalities of History”. 

After the Revolution of 1959, Cuba became a Cold War flashpoint. This paper examines the early years of the revolution to understand how the global Cold War conflict built on and refracted much older conflicts in the region. Ultimately, the paper gives a grounded and longue-durée view of how Cuba came to be at the willing heart of the nuclear crisis of 1962.

Our guest lecturer is Professor Ada Ferrer, who is a Pulitzer Prize winning scholar and a leading world expert in the topics of the Cuban Revolution and the Cold War. Professor Ferrer is currently a Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University, and was awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book Cuba: An American History.

She won the 2015 Frederick Douglass Prize for her book Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution. The book also won the Friedrich Katz, Wesley Logan, and James A. Rawley prizes from the American Historical Association and the Haiti Illumination Prize from the Haitian Studies Association. Ada received the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize for her book Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation and Revolution 1868–1898,[9] which was shortlisted for the 2022 Cundill Prize. 

The lecture will be chaired by Professor N. Piers Ludlow, Head of the International History Department. 

This event is the first of many talks as part of the 2023 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

How to attend: 

No registration required. 

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