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The Galindez Case: The Kidnapping of A Columbia University Professor and Trujillo

October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Cuba Center, as part of its Cuba and Beyond Series, presents “The Galindez Case: The Kidnapping of A Columbia University Professor and Trujillo”.

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On March 12, 1956 Jesús de Galíndez, a Basque nationalist, and critic of Rafael Trujillo who dominated the Dominican Republic from 1930-1961, was kidnapped off the streets of New York and flown secretly to the Dominican Republic where he disappeared.  Galíndez taught Latin American government and history at Columbia University.   His kidnapping occurred 11 days after he defended his dissertation, a critical analysis of the Trujillo dictatorship, subsequently published as La era de Trujillo: un estudio casuístico de dictadura hispanoamericana.  Stuart McKeever, a public interest lawyer began researching the case in 1982 ultimately obtaining through the Freedom of Information Act documents relating to the case from the FBI, Justice Department and the State Department.

The Dominican Academy of History under the direction of Bernardo Vega recently published Stuart McKeever’s, El Rapto de Galindez y su importancia en las relaciones entre Washington y Trujillo,  the definitive case study of the Galindez case to date.  This session will bring together Stuart McKeever and Bernardo Vega to discuss the lasting impact of the Galíndez case on the Dominican Republic and US-Dominican relations.   Dr. Ramona Hernández, Director of the CUNY Institute of Dominican Studies will serve as the commentator.



Stuart A. McKeever began his law career in New York City in the 1960s in the charged atmosphere of the city’s criminal justice system. McKeever’s formative years were spent defending the indigent as counsel for the Legal Aid Society. He was also recruited for a one year special assignment on behalf of the New York State Attorney General. Entering private practice, his 40 plus years in the courts of New York and Connecticut acquainted him with a menagerie of Runyonesque characters, “low-lifes”, top shelf corporate executives and their families, cops, the literati and a potpourri of jazz musicians, McKeever being one of them. Now retired from his law practice he has published   The Galíndez Case (2013) and El Rapto de Galindez y su importancia en las relaciones entre Washington y Trujillo,  as well as The President’s Private Eye: The Journey of Detective Tony U. from the NYPD to the Nixon White House, and Becoming Joey Fizz.


Bernardo Vega de Boyrie is a Dominican writer, historian, anthropologist, economist, university professor, political scientist, sociologist, and pollster.  Vega is one of the most prolific authors in the Dominican Republic, his bibliography is composed of some fifty titles and covers the fields of history, anthropology and economics. He has also compiled important documents on the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship and its relationship with the United States government. His writings on economics, history and politics frequently appear in the national press.  Vega has also held many important public offices, including: Member of the Central Bank’s Monetary Board (1975-1981), Director of the Museum of Dominican Man (1978-1982), Governor of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic (1984-1994) and Ambassador to Washington (1996 -1998). He taught economics at the Pontifical Catholic University and at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Vega has won the National History Award four times (1986, 1989, 1990, 1991). He also served as Secretary of the Dominican Society of Bibliophiles and chairs the he Dominican Cultural Foundation and served as President of the Dominican Academy of History (2013-16).   Currently he is a visiting scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.   He received a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


 Dr. Ramona Hernández is director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute of The City University of New York (CUNY) housed at The City College of New York, and is Professor of Sociology at The City College and on the faculty of The Graduate Center, CUNY.   Renowned sociologist and public intellectual in the United States, Dr. Hernández is author of pioneering texts in the areas of migration, labor, and Dominican studies, including The Dominican Americans, co-authored with Silvio Torres-Saillant; The Mobility of Workers Under Advanced Capitalism: Dominican Migration to the United States awarded “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice in 2003;  and La República Dominicana y la prensa extranjera: mayo 1961-septiembre 1963 (Desde la desaparición de Trujillo hasta Juan Bosch) co-authored with Sully Saneaux,  Under her leadership the CUNY DSI has greatly expanded its Dominican Library and has launched its Dominican Archives, which holds possibly the only collection of Dominican colonial documents in the U.S. with approximately 110,000 pages of manuscripts from 16th century La Española (today’s Dominican Republic).  In 2011-2013 Dr. Hernández led an NEH-funded research project that produced the Spanish Paleography Digital Teaching and Learning Tool, the only interactive online platform in the world devoted to teaching the deciphering and reading of the handwriting styles of manuscripts from the early-modern Spanish-language world.  Dr. Hernández earned a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Sociology from The Graduate Center, CUNY; an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University; and a B.A. in Latin American History from Lehman College.


***Please RSVP by sending an email to: ilasRSVP@gmail.com 

Sponsored by the The Cuba Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


October 18, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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