2009-10: Lou Perez
The lecture for the 2009-2010 academic year was delivered in April 2010 by Lou Pérez, an authority on the nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish-speaking Caribbean, especially Cuba.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Professor Pérez is the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his M.A. at the University of Arizona in 1966 and his Ph. D from the University of New Mexico in 1970. He also serves as the director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is considered a major force for developing the field of Cuban studies in the US, especially in opening the island to American academics. An article about his role in Cuban studies appeared in 2000 in The New York Times. Currently he is both the editor of the UNC Press book series "Envisioning Cuba" and of the journal Cuban Studies. Most recently, Professor Pérez was inducted into the 2008 class of fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.
His book On Becoming Cuban won the 2000 Bolton-Johnson Prize from the Conference on Latin American History and was a 2000 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Professor Pérez’s other books include To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society (winner of the 2007 Elsa Goveia Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians), Winds of Change: Hurricanes and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Cuba (winner of the 2001 George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History), and The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography (a 1999 Choice Outstanding Academic Title).