World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Dinner
Speaker: Frank Argote-Freyre
Program: Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 pm, Conference Room C\D, University of Illinois at Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in Conference Room C\D
We are pleased that Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, noted author, activist, journalist, and Professor is returning for yet another insightful presentation. In 2015, Dr. Argote-Freyre addressed the topic “U.S. -Cuba Relations: Will this Thaw Continue?”
On September 12 his topic will be “Cuba and the United States: Neither Friend nor Foe” in which he reviews the latest zigs and zags in the complex relationship between U.S. and Cuba. A central topic of discussion will be the impact of President Trump on the delicate state of affairs between Cuba and the United States.
Argote-Freyre received his Ph.D in Latin American History with a minor in World History from Rutgers University in 2004. From 1995 to 2005, he served as Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, teaching courses on modern and colonial Latin American History, including courses on Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Spanish Caribbean.
Since September 2005, he serves as Assistant Professor at Kean University, teaching a wide range of Latin American history and Latino Studies courses and is in the process of reinvigorating the Latin American history program. He recently taught courses on History of Cuba, History of the Caribbean, History of Brazil, History of Mexico, Latinos in the United States, Modern Latin America and Colonial Latin America. He is currently developing courses on Mexican history, race in Latin America, and revolution and democracy in Latin America.
His first book, Fulgencio Batista: From Revolutionary to Strongman was published in 2006. Choice Magazine selected his work as an Outstanding Book of the Year for 2007. His second book, A Brief History of the Caribbean, co-authored with Danilo Figueredo, was published in 2008. He is assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Cuba (2003). He served as a Contributor to Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature published in 2005. He also served as a Contributor to World Book Encyclopedia 2007-2010.
In addition to his books, Dr. Argote-Freyre is a Peer Reviewer for the Oxford University Press and has written numerous articles and book reviews on Cuba. He is involved in many social causes, including the struggle for immigrant rights and social justice. He serves as Chair of the New Jersey Commission on New Americans and is the President of the Latino Action Network and Director of the Latino Coalition.