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His work focuses on topics of Cuban independence, abolition, slavery, popular religion, freemasonry, and the formation of “cubanidad” (i.e. what defines the Cuban identity, and what it means to be Cuban).

Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas is a Cuban national treasure. A professor of history at the University of Havana and Director of the José Martí National Library, he has received the National Literature Prize and the National Prize in Social Sciences of Cuba.

Dr. Torres Cuevas is currently on an extended visit to the United States; he managed to secure a visa from the U.S. government in order to give a number of lectures—including at CUNY (the City University of New York), Hunter College, and Florida International University.

His talks and presentations will be on “Rethinking Cuban History”; “The National Library of Cuba: its structure and future plans”; and “The History of Freemasonry in Cuba.” Read about them here (CUNY), here (Hunter College), and here (FIU).

For those who can attend, the event at FIU is this Friday, November 13 at 10 AM. Here, Dr. Torres Cuevas will present on the first topic: “Repensando la Historia de Cuba: La cubanidad en el contexto de las Américas,” in the LACC Conference Room, DM 358, on Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Cuba counts with a variety of investigators about its culture and one of the main writers on the subject is Dr. Fernando Ortiz who is considered the third discoverer of Cuba.

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