CRI Names New Visiting Scholar for Summer 2016

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Víctor Andrés Triay as a Visiting Scholar during the summer of 2016. Dr. Triay will be the Principal Investigator of a project on the oral histories of the veterans of the Brigade 2506, who participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.

Dr. Triay will conduct intensive interviews averaging three hours each, with an initial sample of 70 members of the approximately 3,000 persons who were registered with the Brigade 2506. This research will build on the successful experience of the Cuban Living History project, directed by the late Miguel González-Pando at FIU between 1990 and 1997. The interviews will be taped, digitized, transcribed, and uploaded to the CRI website, to ensure the widest public access and the preservation of the oral histories for future generations and academic researchers. Finally, the narratives of the participants in this crucial event will form part of the database to publish a high-quality report in the form of a journal article or book on the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Víctor Andrés Triay is a Professor of History at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. His publications include the books Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children's Program (1999) and Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506 (2001), which was awarded the Samuel Proctor History Prize by the Florida Historical Society. He is also the coauthor of a photographic history, The Cuban Revolution: Years of Promise (2005). He recently completed a book manuscript on the 1980 Mariel exodus from Cuba to the United States. Dr. Triay obtained a B.A. in History from the University of Florida and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Florida State University.