In the Shadow of Flora and Katrina: Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Neoliberal Age

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El Instituto de Estudios del Caribe de la Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invita a la comunidad universitaria y al público en general a la Conferencia Magistral: “In the Shadow of Flora and Katrina: Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Neoliberal Age”, del Dr. Stuart B. Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History; Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies, Yale University. El Dr. Juan A. Giusti-Cordero, Departamento de Historia, Facultad de Humanidades, y Archivo de Ciencias Sociales y del Caribe, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UPR-RP, presentará al ponente y comentará la ponencia. La Dra. Tania del Mar López, Departamento de Ciencias Sociales y Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios del Litoral, UPR-Mayagüez, también comentará la ponencia La actividad tendrá lugar el jueves, 8 de febrero de 2018, de 1:00 p.m. a 3:00 p.m., en el Salón 238 (REB 238) del Edificio Ramón Emeterio Betances (CRA) de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UPR-RP.

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The Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the Keynote Lecture:In the Shadow of Flora and Katrina: Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Neoliberal Age”, by Dr. Stuart B. Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History; Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies, Yale University. Dr. Juan A. Giusti-Cordero, Department of History, College of Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Caribbean Archive, College of Social Sciences, UPR-RP, will introduce the lecturer and will comment the lecture. Dr. Tania del Mar López, Department of Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Center of Littoral Studies, UPR-Mayagüez, will also comment the lecture. The activity will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Room 238 (REB 238) of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, College of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at: iec.ics@upr.edu

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The Cuban response to hurricane Flora (1963) and the U.S. management of Hurricane Katrina (2005) represent two divergent conceptions of how to react to natural disasters. By reviewing the long and changing history of government responsibility in catastrophes, the present challenge created by hurricanes Irma and Maria can be seen as a demonstration of changing ideas about society, economy, and the power of market forces. They should be analyzed within the context of growing neo-liberal solutions, post-colonial attitudes, and the possibility of alternative state-based or communal actions .

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