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Sunday Meeting - Felix Adler, Cuba, and My Great-grandmother

Dr. Damian J. Fernandez

Dr. Anne Klaeysen Presides 

This presentation brings together history with autobiography. Felix Adler's was among the earliest U.S. supporters of Cuban independence from Spain. 

Although initially he did not advocate U.S. intervention on the island, by 1898 he endorsed it. His arguments were deeply anchored in humanitarian reasons. By calling for humanitarian intervention, he was defending the victims of the war, including my great grandmother Calixta. This is their story.

Dr. Damian Fernandez serves as the Head of School at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City since 2011. From 2008 – 2011 he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purchase College, State University of New York. Prior to Purchase, Dr. Fernandez was Vice Provost and head of the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University. 

While at FIU, he also served as Director of Long Range Planning and Director of the Cuban Research Institute, the nation’s leading institute for research and academic programs on Cuba and Cuban-American issues. 

He was the recipient of two awards for excellence in teaching and is the author of Cuba and the Politics of Passion, among many other publications. From[masked] he was the lead investigator on a National Science Foundation project on Latinization and civic engagement in the U.S.  

Dr. Fernandez received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Miami. He was born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico.


Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead  [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.

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