Victor A. Triay
“I’m here to teach.”
That is the simple mission of Victor Triay, professor of history at Middlesex Community College – where he puts history in (dramatic) perspective for the many students who enter his classroom. Professor Triay began his long and distinguished career at Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, where he earned an associate’s degree in psychology – so it is fitting he has chosen to build his career within the community college environment.
He has developed a high-energy, motivated teaching style that aims to make students “walk out of the classroom feeling smarter than when they walked in.” He takes each subject seriously, but understands the need for theater and intrigue when delivering content that can sometimes be heavy. This has helped earn him a reputation as a challenging but engaging instructor.
While Professor Triay’s classroom work focuses on the histories of the United States, western civilization, and 20th century Europe, he has earned a broader reputation as an expert in Cuban history. His parents left Cuba after the rise of Fidel Castro, so the subject is personal to him – and has inspired him to devote his time and talents towards researching, writing and lecturing on the topic. His publications include:
- Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program (book), University Press of Florida, September 1998.
- Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 250 (book), March 2001, University Press of Florida.
- La Partia Nos Espera (book), Random House, 2002 (Spanish translation of Bay of Pigs).
- The Cuban Revolution: Years of Promise (book), 2005, University Press of Florida.
- The Struggle Begins (The Unbroken Circle series) (book), July 2013.
- Freedom Betrayed (Book two, The Unbroken Circle series) (book), January 2014.
- “The Lawyer’s Story,” short story published as part of the anthology, New to North America: Writings by Immigrants, their Children, and Grandchildren, Burning Bush Publications, January, 1998.
- “ABCs (American-born Cuban) in South Florida Suburbia,” essay published as part of the anthology, ReMembering Cuba, University of Texas Press; edited by Andrea Herrera, 2001.
- CNN Español (radio)
- CSpan2 (Book TV) See a discussion by Professor Triay on the Bay of Pigs here (link will open in new window)
- National Public Radio
- Connecticut Public Radio
- Florida Public Radio
- Public Radio International
- Radio Martí
- Radio Mambí
- Fox News “War Stories with Oliver North”
- Miami Herald
- El Nuevo Herald
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Hartford Courant
- Middletown Press
- Oye Magazine
- Hispanic Outlook Magazine
- Covering Cuba 2 (documentary)
Professor Triay has traveled extensively and studied throughout Western Europe. He studied Spanish Literature and Spanish Art History in Salamanca, Spain, and Italian Language and Italian Art History in Radda-in-Chianti, Italy.
He is a member of several associations including: Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc., based in Miami (for which he serves as trustee); the Organization of American Historians; the Cuban National Heritage; and the National Association of Cuban American Educators.
At MxCC, Professor Triay contributes on many levels, having served on countless committees and task force teams that help shape the culture and academic quality at the college. He has worked on MxCC’s accreditation efforts, helped developed honors programs, and served as mentor in the Minority Fellow program. He has been a tireless lecturer and presenter, representing the school at countless events and meetings throughout the country.
Professor Triay earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree (both in history) from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Prior to joining MxCC, he taught at the Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the Aucilla Christian Academy in Florida.
Professor Triay believes everyone should challenge themselves throughout life – himself included. That is why he pushed himself to complete his first work of historical fiction recently, and is working on its publication. He is also highly challenged each day with his wife and three children, and frequent visits to family in Florida.
Learn more about Professor Triay by visiting his personal website at www.victortriayauthor.com