P&P Live! Simon Hall | TEN DAYS IN HARLEM - with Lillian Guerra

Upcoming Event
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

This event is presented in partnership with the Harlem Historical Society.

Rising star Simon Hall captures the spirit of the 1960s in ten days that revolutionized the Cold War: Fidel Castro's visit to New York. New York City, September 1960. Fidel Castro - champion of the oppressed, scourge of colonialism, and leftist revolutionary - arrives for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. His visit to the UN represents a golden opportunity to make his mark on the world stage. Fidel's shock arrival in Harlem is met with a rapturous reception from the local African American community. He holds court from the iconic Hotel Theresa as a succession of world leaders, black freedom fighters and counter-cultural luminaries - everyone from Nikita Khrushchev to Gamal Abdel Nasser, Malcolm X to Allen Ginsberg - come calling. Then, during his landmark address to the UN General Assembly - one of the longest speeches in the organization's history - he promotes the politics of anti-imperialism with a fervor, and an audacity, that makes him an icon of the 1960s.

In this unforgettable slice of modern history, Simon Hall reveals how these ten days were a foundational moment in the trajectory of the Cold War, a turning point in the history of anti-colonial struggle, and a launching pad for the social, cultural and political tumult of the decade that followed.

Hall will be in conversation with Lillian Guerra, a professor of Cuban history at the University of Florida.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9780571353064
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Published: Faber & Faber - September 8th, 2020

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