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“Perspectives on the World” Series Lecture to Focus on Cuba

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) –Dr. Karen Morrison, assistant professor of history at Moravian College, will present lecture and slide presentation in the 2004 Moravian College Monday Night “Perspectives of the World” Speaker Series on March 15 at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Moravian College Alumni Association and the Public Relations office. A cafeteria-style dinner will be served prior to the lecture at 6:15 p.m. for $7.70 in the United Brethren Church Room.

Morrison’s presentation, Cuba: Living Revolution, will highlight a perspective of the Cuban Revolution in the more intimate aspects of contemporary Cuban lives rather than focusing on high-level politics during this time in Cuban history. She will focus on the experiences of the island’s people as they continue to live with a 45-year-old revolutionary, socialist government. The slide/lecture presentation will reveal the diverse stories of ordinary Cubans, including their hopes and their frustrations. These are stories of transformation, which ask the audience to take a cautious approach to assessing the results of the last 45 years of Cuban history.

Morrison earned her Ph.D. and Masters at the University of Florida and pursued post-baccalaureate studies in history at Howard University. Dr. Morrison teaches courses in Latin-American history and the region’s relations with the United States. She is a specialist in Cuban social history and has traveled on four excursions to Cuba since 1995, including a year-long research stay in 1999. She is currently working on a book project that examines the mutually reinforcing concepts of race and family in the construction of Cuban identity.

Prosser Auditorium and the United Brethren Church Room are located in the Haupert Union Building at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa. For more information, call the Public Relations Office at 610-625-7880.