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In-Person Distinguished Speaker Series | José Martí: A Revolutionary Life by Dr. Alfred López

3-March from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


DSS | José Martí: A Revolutionary Life by Dr. Alfred López

Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 6 pm – 7 pm, at the San Carlos Institute

José Martí was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the “Great Liberator” Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Martí was a giant of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism still rank among the most important works of the region. The Key West Cuban community and the San Carlos Institute played a major role in Marti’s ascent to the leadership of the Key West Cuban independence movement in the Cuban community.

In José Martí: A Revolutionary Life, Alfred J. López presents the definitive biography of the Cuban patriot and martyr. Writing from a nonpartisan perspective and drawing on years of research using original Cuban and U.S. sources, including materials never before used in a Martí biography, López strips away generations of mythmaking and portrays Martí as Cuba’s greatest founding father and one of Latin America’s literary and political giants, without suppressing his public missteps and personal flaws. In a lively account that engrosses like a novel, López traces the full arc of Martí’s eventful life, from his childhood and adolescence in Cuba, to his first exile and subsequent life in Spain, Mexico City, and Guatemala, through his mature revolutionary period in New York City and much-mythologized death in Cuba on the battlefield at Dos Ríos. The first major biography of Martí in over half a century and the first-ever in English, José Martí is the most substantial examination of Martí’s life and work ever published. 

About the Presenter: 

Born in New York City to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Alfred J. López is Professor and Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. He is the author or editor of four books, the latest of which is José Martí: A Revolutionary Life. López is also the founding editor of The Global South, the leading academic journal of globalization studies. His essays have appeared in American Literature, Comparative Literature, South Atlantic Quarterly, and many other journals, as well as The Huffington Post. His next book, The Apostle and his Afterlife: A Posthumous History of José Martí, is forthcoming in 2022. 


Portrait of Cuban Patriot, author Jose Marti. 1870 (circa). State Archives of Florida. 


This is a joint collaboration between the Key West Art & Historical Society and the San Carlos Institute 

Sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, Lee Garrison, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs 


Key West Art & Historical Society


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