• January 13, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dr. Robin Derby, Associate Professor of History at UCLA, explores the history of sugar in the Americas.

Lauren (Robin) Derby is Associate Professor of Latin American History at UCLA. Her research has treated dictatorship and everyday life, the longue durée social history of the Haitian and Dominican border, and how notions of race, national identity and witchcraft have been articulated in popular media such as rumor, food and animals. She has published various articles on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and is co-editor of the prize- winning The Dictator’s Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo; Activating the Past:  History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World; and The Dominican Republic Reader. Her current book project, entitled Werewolves and other B/tes Noires: Sorcery as History in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands, considers werewolves in light of the ‘animal turn’ and is based on oral testimony of demonic animal apparitions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Free with $10 Museum Admission.