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November 12, 2013

Jennifer Lambe (History) is writing “Baptism by Fire: The Making and Remaking of Madness in Cuba, 1857-1980,” advised by Gilbert Joseph. Her research traces the history of the Mazorra Mental Asylum, Cuba’s first and, until 1959, only public psychiatric hospital. Under Spanish, U.S., and Cuban stewardship, Mazorra bore witness to, and was rocked by, multiple cycles of revolutionary agitation. Jennifer explores the enduring symbolic investment in the hospital as a patriotic icon and argues that the mental asylum “offers an intimate window onto the evolution of the Cuban state and the medical, social, and cultural history of Cuba more broadly.” She earned her BA and MA degrees from Brown University.