Community Conversation with Dr. Gerald E. Poyo
Anna in the Tropics Community Conversation- February 23, 2020.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Gerald E. Poyo from St. Mary’s University, whose great-grandfather was a lector, as well as the cast and director of the show. This event will take place after the matinee performance of Anna in The Tropics on Sunday night, February 23 at 5:15pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Gerald E. Poyo is O’Connor Professor in the History of Hispanic Texas and the
Southwest at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. In 1983, he received his PhD in
Latin American history from the University of Florida. His research has focused on the
intersection of Latin American and U.S. Latino history, especially on the history of
Cuban exile communities in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, the origins of Tejano communities in colonial and Mexican Texas, and Latino
history narratives. He is the author and editor of seven books and numerous academic
articles, including a biography of his great-great grandfather, José Dolores Poyo, the first
lector in Key West, Florida, and perhaps the United States, and read to cigar workers in
that city during 1869-1899.