Humanities Book Club scene of author and panelists

Humanities Book Club

This event annually brings in an author to speak along with an interdisciplinary panel that comments on the author's book and its broad significance prior to a general discussion with all attendees.

Cuba: An American History

Ada Ferrer (Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University)
THU FEB 29, 4:00 PM
Hall Center Conference Hall

Lauded as a “page-turning masterpiece,” Ada Ferrer’s Cuba: An American History won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for History.  The book provides readers with a front-row seat as they witness the evolution of the modern Cuba, with its dramatic record of conquest and colonization, of slavery and freedom, of independence and revolutions made and unmade. Ferrer delivers a moving chronicle that demands a new reckoning with both the island’s past and its relationship with the United States. Ferrer explores the sometimes surprising, often troubled intimacy between the two countries.

Ferrer is the Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University, where she has taught since 1995. Ferrer was born in Cuba, leaving with her mother when she was ten months old, and grew up in a Cuban community in New Jersey.

Panel and discussion

An interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty members — Tim Hossler, Architecture & Design; Marta Caminero-Santangelo, English; and Hispano Durón, Film & Media Studies — will comment on the book and its broad significance prior to the author’s response and a general discussion with all attendees.

Please note: Audience members are encouraged to attend and take part in the discussion regardless of whether they have had the opportunity to read Ferrer's book.

Spring 2024 Book Club Speaker


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Limited supply of free books

  • Each year, the Hall Center provides a limited number of free copies of the scheduled author's book to be read prior to the event by those who wish to attend and participate in the discussion.

  • Contact Program Director Eliott Reeder at for more information.

  • Note: No free books remain for the spring 2024 semester.