Carlos Eire, Professor of History and Religious Studies

Previous Episodes


October 15, 2014
Guest: Raila Odinga, former prime minister of Kenya
Subject: The state of democracy in Africa


October 8, 2014
Guest: Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs
Subject: The role fathers play in parenting


October 1, 2014
Guest: Vladimir Alexandrov, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Subject: The Black Russian


May 14, 2014
Guest: Douglas Rogers, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Subject: Oil Culture: Producing the New Russia


May 7, 2014
Guest: Aaron Dhir, Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Law
Subject: Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity



Episode: October 22, 2014


Professor Eire specializes in the social, intellectual, religious, and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a strong focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of death. He is the author of a number of scholarly books, including War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin; From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in Sixteenth Century Spain; and A Very Brief History of Eternity. Professor Eire has also ventured into the twentieth century and the Cuban Revolution in his memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in Nonfiction in the United States in 2003 and has been translated into more than a dozen languages – but is banned in Cuba. His latest memoir, Learning to Die in Miami, published in 2010, explores his boyhood exile experience. We talk with Carlos Eire about what it’s like to write two very different kinds of history.

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