The Department of History is hosting a two-day symposium titled "Latin America in the Cold War" on Oct. 29-30.
History professors Jonathan C. Brown, Virginia Garrard-Burnett, and Mark A. Lawrence, as well as, two renowned visiting professors will discuss how the international Cold War intersected with the political, economic, social and cultural development of Latin America in the second half of the 20th century.
The Cuban Missile Crisis is well-known, but few realized at the time that it represented the most dangerous moment faced by the world since World War II—literally the two-minutes before the "nuclear" midnight. While this crisis is one of the most notable of watershed moments in hemispheric and international relations, far fewer know that it critically damaged the Cuban-Soviet relationship, and, in fact, spurred closer ties between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Banner photo: Ministry of the Interior building at the Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba, by Jonathan Brown.