Public Speaking, Seminars & Workshops


Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández is an experienced and acclaimed public speaker, whose multimedia presentations and speeches combine intellectual substance and accessibility as well as depth and an engaging style of delivery. 

He has spoken before a wide range of audiences, from business executives to cruise ship passengers and from jurors in courtrooms to college student audiences and fellow scholars at international forums.   

Dr. Martínez-Fernández also leads seminars and workshops for college faculties, school districts, corporations, and non-profit organizations. He is fully bilingual and presents and holds seminars in both English and Spanish.   

He is available for speaking and seminar engagements during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) and throughout the year.

Martínez-Fernández is listed among speakers represented by All American Entertainment, the premier global talent booking agency.

This is a partial list of presentation titles.    CLICK HERE FOR SAMPLE VIDEOS 


Latinos / Hispanics, Cultural Fluency, Diversity

  • Latino / Hispanic Culture: A Deeper Understanding
  • Puerto Rico Before-and-after Hurricane María
  • Translating Hispanic / Latino Cultures
  • How to Best Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Who Is Missing at the Table?: Creating an Institutional Culture of Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Don Quixote in the Boardroom: Hispanic / Latino Culture, a Toolbox for Business Success
  • Latinos in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty First Century
  • The Art and Diplomacy of Haggling: Lessons in Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Our "Weaknesses" Are Our Strengths: A Closer Look at Hispanic / Latino Culture
  • Demographic Transformations and Latino Politics in the United States
  • Reaching Hispanic / Latino Consumers, Job Candidates, Donors, and Voters
  • Toward a Global Culture?: Not Quite Yet
  • Ten Defining Characteristics of Hispanic Culture
  • Diversifying the Workplace: It Makes Business Sense and Is the Right Thing to Do
  • A Latino in the US Academy: Wounds and Medals from the Battlefields
  • Orlando, Florida, the Puerto Rican Frontier


  • I Never Left the Classroom; and You Shouldn't Either
  • They Are Counting on Your Ignorance. Read! Think! Disappoint Them!
  • The Thin Line between What We Call Success and Failure 
  • Many People Wish they Could Sit at Your Desk. Be Grateful and Make the Best of that Opportunity
  • A Toolbox for Student Success 

Contemporary Caribbean and Latin America

  • Recent Changes in US-Cuba Relations
  • Revolutionary Cuba: A History
  • Sugar and Revolution: Cuba, 1952-2016
  • Sixteen Threads in the Labyrinth of Cuban Culture
  • Cuba: A History in Fifteen Photographs
  • Cuba in the Twenty First Century
  • Perplexing Puerto Rico
  • A Historical Perspective on Prospects for a Post-Castro Cuba
  • The Longest Ninety Miles: Cuban Migration to South Florida since 1959 
  • Puerto Rico's Political Status in Historical Perspective
  • Puerto Rico in Forty Minutes
  • Ten Keys to the Caribbean 

Education / Pedagogy

  • Reading Across the Curriculum
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of the Modern University
  • Twelve Keys to Successful Teaching / Learning 
  • We Are in It Together: Dialogue and Collaboration between Historians and History Teachers 
  • "C" Students, Children with ADHD, and the Class Clown: Why We Need them in Every Classroom
  • Let's Start from Scratch: A Blueprint for a Twenty-First-Century Model School of Education
  • We Need Poets More than Ever: The Critical Importance of the Arts and Humanities from Pre-K to College 
  • What If...?: Out-of-the-box Reflections on How to Improve Our Education System 
  • "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand": Visual and Participatory Methods for Teaching and Learning 
  • Integrating Latin American and Caribbean History into the Curriculum 
  • Windows to the Past: Using Texts, Artifacts, and Captured Moments in the Classroom 
  • Why Did I Become a Historian 

History and Culture: Cuba, Puerto Rico

  • Key to the New World: Early Colonial Cuba
  • Three Crops that Transformed the Caribbean: Sugar, Tobacco, and Coffee
  • Divergent Patterns of Political Culture in the Twentieth-Century Hispanic Caribbean
  • In the Plantation's Own Image: Puerto Rico's First Protestant Congregations,1868-1898
  • Ten Historiographical Keys to the Caribbean
  • The American Mediterranean during the American Century
  • Puerto Rico in the Whirlwind of 1898: Conflict, Continuity, and Change
  • Life in a Male City: Women in Nineteenth-Century Havana
  • Caudillos, Annexationism, and the Rivalry between Empires in the Dominican Republic, 1844-1878
  • The Formation of Creole Cuba, 1525-1607
  • Geography, Will It Absolve Cuba?
  • Far Worse than Slaves: Emancipados in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
  • History Meets Literature in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • A History of the Caribbean in Fifteen Pictures
  • Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Mental Mapping and Invention of a New World