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Liliana Fernandez Mollinedo Visits UB

UB History was honored to finally host Cuban scholar Liliana Fernandez Mollinedo today after a long and arduous process securing a visa!

 

In her talk, Fernández explored the long history of the conflict between the United States and Cuba, which began before the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and continues to influence US Cuban relations in the 21st century. She provided both a theoretical and historical basis for better understanding the conflict, which can be clouded by political ideologies on both sides of the divide. She focused on the economic aspects, as well as the political and ideological forces influencing various conflicts and confrontations that extend from the 19th century down through the “neocolonial” period (1902-1959), and the period after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, continuing through to the “normalization” of relations between the two countries in 2014.

Fernández is an Auxiliary Professor at the University of Havana in the Department of Philosophy and History, where she has taught and pursued graduate studies for the past fifteen years. In her time at the university, she has worked as a researcher in the Centro de Estudios Europeos and in the Centro de Estudios Hemesféricos y Sobre Estados Unidos. She is a member of the Cátedra “Jean Monnet” and of the Unión Nacional de Historioadores de Cuba. Fernández specializes in post-1945 U.S. foreign relations, with a focus on the United States and Europe. She has been a visiting scholar and invited speaker at numerous institutions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

The visit was made possible with support from UB History, the Humanities Institute, the Honors College, and Buffalo State College.