Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of more than 50 years, died on November 25. Cubans lined up to pay their respects on the same morning that the first regularly scheduled U.S. flight touched down in Havana. Castro’s death might have opened a new chapter in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, but Donald Trump has threatened to undo the U.S.’s economic and political rapprochement with Cuba. With Castro’s passing and Trump’s election, what’s next for Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations? Join us for a Member-to-Member lunch conversation on December 15 to explore where the bilateral relationship might go from here.
A light lunch will be provided.
About the speaker:
Marc McLeod, Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies, and Director of the International Studies Program at Seattle University
Originally from Shelton, CT (home of the Wiffle Ball!), Marc McLeod attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University as an undergraduate and attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. Marc teaches a range of courses on Latin American and Caribbean history, including History of the Caribbean, History of Cuba, History of Mexico, Colonial Latin America, and Revolution in Latin America. His research explores the social and cultural history of pre-revolutionary Cuba with a particular focus on the experiences of Haitian and British West Indian immigrants. He has published articles in the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Caribbean History, Caribbean Studies, and The Americas, and served as contributing editor for the history of Garveyism in Cuba for Volume XI of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers (Duke University Press, 2011). Marc is currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled "The Strange and Tragic Case of La Niña Cuca: Infanticide, Immigration, and Race in Early Republican Cuba" and currently serves as director of the International Studies program at SU.