Changing Cuba in a Changing World

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.


This volume includes papers originally discussed at the symposium, “A Changing Cuba in a Changing World” (The Graduate Center, City University of New York, March, 2008). The conference featured a wide range of scholars and panelists working on contemporary Cuba (Appendix). The essays in this collection explore various aspects of change in today’s Cuba, including politics and economics, history, culture and the arts, and race and ethnicity.

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2008 Changing Cuba Conference March 12 - 15, 2008