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Carlos Eire (Yale University) "On Learning to Die in Miami"

Lecture followed by a panel discussion with Miguel Centeno (Sociology) and Anthony Grafton (History)
Co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton

Location: 219 Burr Hall

Date/Time: 02/16/12 at 5:30 pm - 02/16/12 at 7:00 pm

Between December 1960 and October 1962, over 14,000 Cuban children were airlifted to the United States without their parents. Carlos Eire’s memoir, "Learning to Die in Miami", relates his own experience as one of these children.  This lecture will explore the role of memory in the writing of history, with a specific focus on the history of the Cuban Revolution and the Pedro Pan airlift.

Carlos Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D.  Before joining the Yale faculty, he taught at St. John’s University in Minnesota and the University of Virginia, and spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author of, among others, "A Very Brief History of Eternity" (2009) and "Reformations: Early Modern Europe 1450-1700" (forthcoming, 2013).  His memoir of the Cuban Revolution, "Waiting for Snow in Havana" (2003), which won the National Book Award in nonfiction for 2003, has been translated into thirteen languages, but is banned in Cuba, where he is considered an enemy of the state.  The sequel to this memoir, "Learning to Die in Miami", appeared in 2010.

Category: PLAS Lecture

Department: Program in Latin American Studies