March 13-15, 2008
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The dynamics of contemporary Cuba – the culture, the people, and the politics – was the focus of a three-day symposium at the Graduate Center. The conference featured over 700 participants from around the world. Thirty-five panels presented perspectives from the social sciences and economics, the arts and the humanities, and the world of policymakers to provide a diverse look into various aspects of change in Cuba. The opening plenary “Current Dynamics, Changing Perspectives,” featured Professor Jorge Domínguez, Former U.S. Representative to Cuba Vicki Huddleston, and Canadian Economist Archibald Ritter. A second plenary on Cuba and the media brought together distinguished journalists from The New York Times, CNN, The Economist, and the Miami Herald. The third and final plenary included policymakers from Mexico, the U.S. Department of State, and the European Commission. The conference also included film screenings, book presentations, and a concert by the Cu-NY Latin Jazz Ensemble.