Cuba Today: Continuity and Change Since the 'Periodo Especial'

October 4, 2004 - 4:00 pm

This symposium explores contemporary Cuban reality since the early 1990s. The crisis of state socialism after 1989 challenged pre-existing policies, practices, and assumptions, providing incentives for innovation and reform. Many areas of social life are experiencing considerable change, while legacies of the revolution endure. The symposium gathers students and scholars from diverse disciplines and institutions to probe patterns of continuity and change in economy, politics and policy, civil society, art and literature, race relations and national identity, culture, historical perspective, and Cuba’s role in world affairs. The symposium builds on the expertise of Cuba specialists at the City University of New York.