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Carlos Ripoll (1922-2011) was a Cuban scholar who lived in the U.S. for close to half a century, during which he carried out outstanding research on several Cuban historical, literary, and political topics. Chief among them was Ripoll's life-long interest in the life and work of José Marti. Based on personal acquaintance with Ripoll, reading of his works, and a survey of Martiana donated by Ripoll himself to the FIU library upon his death, Dr. Santi will explore Ripoll's reading of Marti, his legacy and, in particular, what Ripoll called repeatedly "the falsification of José Marti in present-day Cuba."

Dr. Enrico Mario Santi is the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D., an M.A., and a M.Phil. from Yale University and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He has held teaching positions at Duke, Cornell, and Georgetown. A former coeditor of the flagship journal Cuban Studies, he has published widely on Fernando Ortiz, José Lezama Lima, Reinaldo Arenas, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and many other cultural and political issues. Dr. Santi has authored 10 books, edited 18 volumes, and published more than 100 articles, essays, and interviews. His essays have been collected in several volumes, notably in Mano a mano: Ensayos de drcunstancia (2013) and Bienes del siglo: Sobre cultura cubana (2010). He is a recipient of the 2017 Diaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants at FIU.

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Spring 5-10-2017


Latin American Studies

Carlos Ripoll's José Marti Lecture by Enrico Mario Santi



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