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Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Cuba Project


International Symposium


 A Changing Cuba in a Changing World


March 13-15, 2008


The Graduate Center

The City University of New York



(As of March 19, subject to change)



4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Registration and Welcome -- Skylight Conference Room (9th Floor)


3:00-4:50 p.m.: Segal Theatre


Havana: The New Art of Making Ruins” (86 minutes)

Note that Viva Cuba  and  The Sugar Curtain will be shown at the Elebash Recital Hall on Saturday, March 15, starting at 9 a.m. A few regular sessions on Cuban cinema show clips of other films.




8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Registration – Elebash Recital Hall
(Registration resumes after 10 a.m. at Skylight Conference Room, 9th floor)


8:45-10:30 a.m. OPENING PLENARY:

“Current Dynamics, Changing Perspectives” – Elebash Recital Hall

Opening and Moderator: Mauricio Font (Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies) 

“Internal Dynamics in Cuba
Jorge I. Domínguez
Vice-Provost for International Affairs
Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and
Harvard University

“Strategy for a New U.S. Policy toward Cuba
Vicki Huddleston
Brookings Institution
U.S. Department of State (R)


Cuba: Current Challenges and Alternate Economic Futures”
Archibald R.M. Ritter
Professor of Economics
Carleton University (Canada)


10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Section A


I – Cuba’s Globalized Art World and Evolving Art Market – Segal Theater

Organizer: Natania Remba (Boston University)
Moderator: Ana María Hernández (La Guardia Community College, City University of New York)

 "Globalization in the Contemporary Cuban Art World"
Natania Remba, Guest Curator of Contemporary Cuban Art, Boston University

 "Cuba’s Evolving Art Market"
Darrel Couturier, Owner and Director, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles

 “The Havana Biennial: An Exceptional Alternative to the Traditional Biennial Model or a Spectacle for Art Tourism?”
Beth Rosenblum, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles 


II – US-Cuba Relations– Rooms 9206-9207

Organizer/Moderator: Margaret E. Crahan (Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance, St. Edward's University) Kozmetsky  

 "U.S. Policy towards Cuba: Waiting for Raúl to Die"
Philip Brenner, Professor, School of International Service, American University

"U.S.-Cuban Relations: Still on the Brink"
Dan Erikson, Senior Associate, Caribbean Program, Inter-American Dialogue

"The Future of US-Cuban Relations: Obstacles and Opportunities"
William LeoGrande, Dean, School of Public Affairs, American University

Discussant: Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Brookings Institute


III – Energy: Cuba’s Challenges and Opportunities – Room 9204

Organizers: Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Moderator: Joseph Scarpaci (Virginia Tech)

 “Energy Policy”
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, University of Nebraska-Omaha

 “Ethanol and Energy Balance”
Ronald Soligo, Rice University

“Cuba's Energy Balance; Challenges and Opportunities"
Jorge R. Piñón, University of Miami

IV – History, Institutions and Legacy – Room 9205

Organizer: Carlos Riobó (City College, The City University of New York)

 “A Country of Immigrants and a Plantation Society: The Continuous Weight of Cuba’s Dual History”
José Moya, Barnard College and ILAS, Columbia University

“Los novísimos: Inside and Outside of Cuba´s Cultural Institutions”
Lauren Shaw, Mount Saint Mary College

“The History of the Cuban National Library: Mediations of High and Low Cultures."
Carlos Riobó, City College of New York, The City University of New York

"Freemasonry and Cuban History: The Cuban National Library and the Center
for the Study of Masonry in the Americas"
Julie Skurskie, University of Michigan


12:25-1:30 p.m.: LUNCH (Skylight, 9206-9207, & Segal Theatre)


12:45-2:30 p.m.

V – Contemporary Cuban Art: Museums and Alternative Spaces – Segal Theater

Organizer/Moderator: Ana María Hernández (LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York)

"Contemporary Cuban Art at The Museum of Modern Art”
Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York

"¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today" 
Cuban Art Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

"Cuban Art in the Bronx Museum of the Arts"
Holly Block, Executive Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts

"The Education of Cuban Artists: the Creation of Art Schools, DUPP Gallery, and Espacio Aglutinador"
Linda Howe, Wake Forest University

1:45-3:20 p.m.: Section B


VI – Inside the Revolution – Room 9205

Moderator: Samuel Farber (Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)

 “State Framing, or How the Revolution Justifies Itself”
Enrique Pumar, Catholic University of America

“Neo-colonialismo, resistencia, crisis y transformación del estado”
José Vargas-Hernández, Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Guzmán

 “The Rise of State Corporatism and the Cuban Military”
Brenden Carbonell, University of Pennsylvania


VII – Tourism, Urban Conservation, and Environment, – Room 9204

Moderator: Joseph L. Scarpaci, Virginia Tech

“Cuba: Through the Looking Glass (An Ecotourism Perspective)”
Hilary Becker, Carleton University

 “The Future of the Past: Urban Conservation and Colonial Nostalgia in Late Socialist Cuba”
Matthew Hill, Bryn Mawr College

“On the Social Construction of the Cuban Barbacoa: Symbol, Metaphor and Strategy”
Patricio del Real, Columbia University and Joseph L. Scarpaci, Virginia Tech

“Cuba and the Environment: Concomitant Changes”
Terry L. Maris, Ohio Northern University


VIII – Cuba’s Battle of Ideas – Rooms 9206-9207

Organizer: Mauricio Font (Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York)


“The Battle of Ideas: Old Ideology in New Clothes - or Something Else?
Antoni Kapcia, Centre for Research on Cuba, University of Nottingham (U.K.)

“Epistemic 'Organic Intellectuals' and Cuba's Battle of Ideas”
Anthony Maingot, Florida International University

"Beyond the Battle of Ideas"
Mauricio Font, Queens College and The Graduate Center

 “Community Social Work with the Elderly in the Battle of Ideas”
David Strug, Yeshiva University


3:30-5:20 p.m.: Section C

IX – US-Cuba Relations, part II – Room 9204

Moderator: Ted Henken (Baruch College)

“Cuban-American Ideology and its Impact on US-Cuba Policy”
Guillermo Grenier, Florida International University

“The Cuban Transition and US Security”
Gary Maybarduk, Foreign Service Analytics

“Cuba and the United States in a Sandbox: Tit for Tat in the Cuban Funny Papers Then and Now”
Sara Cooper, California State UniversityChico

“Cuba Policy in the U.S. Presidential Campaigns and in Congress”

John McAuliff, Fund for Reconciliation and Development


X – Religion and Politics in Cuba – Room 9206-9207

Organizers: Jill Goldenziel (Harvard University) and Brandon Van Dyck (Harvard University)
Moderator: Yolanda Prieto

“The Mysterious Politics of Jewish Cuba”
Ruth Behar, University of Michigan

“Religion and Politics in Cuba”
Jill Goldenziel, Harvard University

"Bishops and their Politics in Pre- and Post-Revolution Cuba"
Brandon Van Dyck, Harvard University


XI – ‘Espejo de Paciencia’ (1608-2008): proyecciones literarias e históricas – Room 9205 (ends at 4:15 p.m.)
Organizer/Moderator: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (City College-Graduate Center, CUNY)


“Soneto criollo de la tierra:” trasfondo histórico-social de Espejo de Paciencia
Carmen Lamas, Columbia University

Espejo de Paciencia y la cultura cubana del siglo XVII"
Raúl Marrero Fente, University of Minnesota

Discussant: Oxana Álvarez, The Graduate Center (CUNY)


XI.1 – Cuban Writers Read Their Work – Room 9205 (4:20- 5:20 p.m.)

Organizer/Moderator: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (City College- Graduate Center, CUNY)
- José Manuel Prieto (with translator Esther Allen) (reading from Rex, his latest novel) 

- Orlando Rossardi (reading from his recent poetry collection, Libro de las pérdidas)
- Arístides Falcón (reading poems from Tantra Tanka, and Las estaciones).

5:205:45 p.m. Refreshments, Elebash Recital Hall Lobby


5:45-7:00 p.m.:  Elebash Recital Hall

CONCERT: "Bridges through Time"
Composer-Pianist Oriente López and the Cu-NY Latin Jazz Ensemble

(Cuba-New York Latin Jazz Ensemble)


"Bridges through Time" highlights and celebrates the shared musical experiences between Cuba and New York. New York and Cuba have been incubators of innovative musical ideas and concepts for more than a century. During this period, the social and artistic happenings in New York had strong echoes in Cuba, just as Cuban music enjoyed a vital presence in New York. The continuing musical and artistic interaction between Cuba and New York remains vital today.

7:00—8:00 p.m. RECEPTION, Elebash Recital Hall Lobby



8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Registration – Skylight Conference Room


8:30-10:00 a.m.: Section D


XII - Organizing Culture: Theory and Practice – Segal Theatre

Moderator: Ana María Hernández (LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York)

“Towards a Theory of Cuban Literary Culture? Assessing the Evidence”
Par Kumaraswami and Antoni Kapcia, Centre for Research on Cuba, University of Nottingham

"Fotografía y modernidad en Jardín. Una nueva lectura de la novela de Dulce María Loynaz"
Alexander Pérez-Heredia

“Staging the Revolution: Theatrical Perspectives on Contemporary Cuba”
Yael Prizant, University of California, Los Angeles

“Organization of a Socialist Culture”
 Susan Metz, International Playback Theatre Network


XIII – Medicine in Cuba: Past and Present – Room 9204

Organizers: Sean Brotherton (Michigan State University), and Elise Andaya (New York University)

"Socialist Entrepreneurs, Emergent Capital, and the Biopolitics of Health in Contemporary Cuba"
Sean Brotherton, Michigan State University 

“Making Medical Citizens: Health Care in Post-Soviet Cuba
Elise Andaya,
New York University

“Music Therapy in Cuba: An Intercultural Collaboration”
Melanie Nevis, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music


XIV – Non-Heteronormative Cuba – Room 9205

Moderator: Elena Martínez, Baruch College and The Graduate Center

“Erotics and Politics of Black Cuban Self-making"

Jafari Sinclaire Allen, University of Texas

 “All the Women Are Straight and All the Homosexuals Are Men: Revisiting Citizenship and Female (Homo)Sexuality in Contemporary Cuba
Tanya Saunders,
University of Michigan

 "The Homosexual as a Ghost of the Cuban National Body"
Emilio Bejel, University of
California (Davis)


XV – Race and Ethnicity in Cuba: Beyond Black and White, part I – Rooms 9206-9207

Organizer: Kathleen López (Lehman College, The City University of New York)
Moderator: Evelyn Hu-DeHart (
Brown University)

“Coolies and Opium on Cuban Plantations: Uses and Abuses”
Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in
America, Brown University

“Medical Topography and Chinese Labor in Colonial Cuba: The Transoceanic Careers of Martial Dupierris”
Adrián López Denis, Postdoctoral Fellow,
Brown University

“A History of the Japanese and Okinawan Cubans”
Ryan Masaaki Yokota,
University of Chicago

“Papel de las mujeres sino-cubanas en la conservación de las instituciones comunitarias”
[The Role of Sino-Cuban Women in the Preservation of Community Institutions]
Isabelle Lausent-Herrera. Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Amérique Latine (


10:15-11:45 a.m.: Section E


XVI – Economics, part I – Rooms 9206-9207

Organizer: Archibald Ritter (Carleton University)

Moderator: Mauricio Font (The Graduate Center and Queens College)

"A Review of the State of the Cuban Economy in 2007"
Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh,

“A Brief Comparative History of Cuban GDP during the Revolutionary Period”
Ernesto Hernández Catá, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

“Entrepreneurship, Small Enterprise and Public Policy and in Cuba”
Archibald Ritter, Department of Economics and School of International Affairs, Carleton University

“The Cuban Economy since 2001: Evolution, Principal Challenges, and Future Prospects”
Mario González Corzo, Lehman College, City University of New York


XVII – Cuban Filmmaking since 1989 – Segal Theatre

Organizer: Jerry Carlson, City College, The City University of New York

“On the road: el cine cubano sale de viaje (“Guantanamera” y “Lista de espera”)
Alfredo Fernández, Texas A&M - Prairie View

 “Deciphering the Construction of the Female Figure as City Space and Text: A Study of Cinematic Havana”
Cecelia Burke Lawless, Cornell University

“After 'The End' -- Behind the Screen Negotiations about Censorship in Cuban Films of the 1990s”
Diane R. Soles, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater


XVIII – Cuban Literature from 1990 to the Present, part I – Room 9205

Organizer/Moderator: Araceli Tinajero (City College, The City University of New York)

“Un arte del pastiche: literatura cubana de los años noventa”
Anke Birkenmaier, Columbia University

 “Benjamin no llegó a La Habana: La literatura postsoviética en Cuba”
Rafael Rojas, CIDE México

“Cuba’s Special Period and the Diasporic Subject: Self-Invention and Self-Representation in Daína Chaviano’s ‘El hombre, la hembra y el hambre’”
Raúl Rosales-Herrera, Drew University


XIX – Intelectualidad y poder en Cuba – Room 9205
Organizer/Moderator: Cesar Salgado (University of Texas)

“La intimidad del intelectual cubano y el género testimonial”
Sonia Labrador-Rodríguez, New College of Florida

“Historia de una pelea cubana con(tra los) seudónimos”
César Salgado, University of Texas

“El intelectual y el poder en Cuba: el caso de Norberto Fuentes”
Alan West-Durán, Northeastern University

“El Puente: un debate del siglo XX y del siglo XXI en las encrucijadas de la historia”
María Isabel Alfonso, St. Joseph’s College


12:00-1:30 p.m.: LUNCH (Skylight,  9206-9207, & Segal Theatre)


XX (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)  Images and Discussion about “¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today,” Exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts                Segal Theatre

Stéphane Aquin, Curator of Contemporary Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Iliana Cepero Amador, independent art critic and curator


1:30-3:20 p.m.: Section F


XXI – Cuban History and Civil Society, part I – Room 9204

Organizer/Moderator: Alfonso Quiroz (Baruch College and The Graduate Center)

"Associations and the Foundations of Civil Society in Cuba"
Alfonso Quiroz, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

"Independent Medical Juntas in Colonial Cuba, 1820-1843"
Marianne Samayoa, University of Minnesota

 "Professional Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Cuba"
Stephanie González, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

"'Our History Is the History of Loyalty': Asociaciones de color in the Post-Zanjón Public"
David Sartorius, University of Maryland

"The Alchemists of a Race: Politics and Black Societies in the Early Cuban Republic"
Melina Pappademos, University of Connecticut 


XXII – Cuban Literature from 1990 to the Present, part II – Room 9205

Moderator: Uva de Aragón, Florida International University

“ El jineterismo en la literatura del periodo especial”
Patricia Catoira, Montana State University-Bozeman

“The Function of Evoking Soviet-Cubans in Global Cuba”
Jacqueline Loss, University of Connecticut

“Reinaldo Arenas: AIDS and the Sexual Politics of a Queer Activist'”
Rafael Ocasio, Agnes Scott College

“Distancia no quiere decir olvido: Viajes a la semilla”
Uva de Aragón, Florida International University


XXIII – Cuba and the World (Excluding the US) – Rooms 9206-9207

Moderator: Kenneth Erickson (The Graduate Center and Hunter College)

“Las relaciones de la Unión Europea con Cuba y su contribución a los procesos de reforma, liberalización y apertura”
Arturo López-Levy, University of Denver

 “After Fidel, But Not Without Chávez: The Old U.S.-Cuba System, the New Venezuela-Cuba System, and the Key Mechanisms of Regime Change”Andreas Pickel, Director, Centre for the Critical Study of Global Power and Politics (Trent University, Canada)

 “Cuban Medical Diplomacy in the Twenty-first Century”
Julie Feinsilver, Council on Hemispheric Affairs

“Identity, Ideology and the Construction of Cuban Foreign Policy”
Elsada Diana Cassells, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York


XXIV – Visual and Performing Arts in Contemporary Cuba – Segal Theater

Moderator: Araceli Tinajero (City College of New York)

“Habaneras in Cuba: The Presence of the Racial Past”
Jill Lane, New York University

“Critical Applications of Teatro Bufo and Blackface Performance in Cuba’s ‘Special Period’"
Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado, Boricua College

“Close-ups on the Human Skin: René Peña’s Photography of Meandering Life Lines”
Ilka Kressner, SUNY Albany

"A Revolution in Dance: Técnica Cubana"
Suki John, Texas Christian University
Presented by Sándor John


3:30-5:20 p.m.: Section G


XXV – Afro-Cuban Cultural Movements – Segal Theater

Organizers: Sujatha Fernandes (Queens College, The City University of New York) and Odette Casamayor Cisneros (University of Connecticut)

“‘Todos los negros finos hemos decidido no bailar más rumba:’ De la confrontación a la contestación racial en Cuba contemporánea”
Odette Casamayor Cisneros, University of Connecticut

“Made in Havana: Reading from a Memoir about Global Hip Hop”
Sujatha Fernandes, Queens College, The City University of New York

“The Cuban Remix: Rethinking Culture and Social Activism in Contemporary Cuba”
Tanya Saunders, University of Michigan

“Cuban HipHop: Desde el Principio” (Film Clip)
Vanessa J. Díaz, University of Michigan


XXVI – Socialism in a Changing Cuba – Rooms 9205

Moderator: Katherine Gordy (Franklin and Marshall College)

“Does Cuban Socialism Still Travel? Humanitarian and Academic Exchanges with the U.S. and Venezuela”
Katherine Gordy, Franklin and Marshall College

“Rethinking Socialism in Latin America”
Ted Goertzel, Rutgers University

“Of Old Guards and Vanguards: Cuban Sport and the (re)Making of the Revolution”
Benjamin Eastman, University of Chicago

“Bound to Outlast? Education for Socialism in Revolutionary Cuba”
Salomon Berman, Georgetown University


XXVII – Cuba: In Transition? – Rooms 9204
Moderator: Stephen Wilkinson (London Metropolitan University)

 “Ideology and Power in the Cuban State: How and Why Cuba Resists 'Transition'”
Stephen Wilkinson, International Institute for the Study of Cuba, London Metropolitan University

“A Contribution to the Assessment of a Changing Cuba in a Changing World”
Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir, Tufts University

“Spheres of Symbolic Emancipation in an Authoritarian Regime: Analyzing the Dynamics of Civil Society from Below”
Marie Laure Geoffray, Institute of Political Sciences (Paris, France)

“The Significance of International Role Models for Cuban Politics and Education”
Hannah Catabia, Harvard University


XXVIII – Changing Cuba: New Opportunities and Challenges - Room 9206-9207
Moderators: Fernando Coronil (University of Michigan & The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Cristina Equizábal, Florida International University

Rafael Rojas, CIDE (Mexico)

Ruth Behar, University of Michigan


PLENARY  (5:30-7:00) – Proshansky Auditorium
Followed by Wine and Cheese Reception (

A Changing Cuba and the US Media: Getting In and Getting It Right”

Organizer: Ted Henken (Baruch College)
Moderator:  Joe Torres (ABC News)


“Reporting Cuba for the Economist Intelligence Unit”
Emily Morris, Senior Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Soledad O'Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent, CNN

Frances Robles, Miami Herald

Anthony DePalma, New York Times




8:30-9:00 a.m.: RegistrationSkylight Conference Room


9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Elebash Recital Hall


Jerry Carlson, curator

  • Viva Cuba (80 minutes) 9:00-10:40 a.m.
  • The Sugar Curtain (80 minutes) 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


9:00-10:30 a.m.: Section H


XXIX – Republican Cuba: Voices, Ideas and Legacies – Rooms 9204-05

Organizer: Ilan Ehrlich (The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)
Moderator: Rafael Rojas (CIDE, Mexico)

 “The Legacy of Eduardo Chibás”
Ilan Ehrlich, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

“Voces en el Aire: Power, Culture and Technology in Republican Cuba”
Alejandra Bronfman, University of British Columbia

“Republican Intellectuals
Duanel Díaz, Princeton University

“Fernando Ortiz: un pensamiento que se traduce en acción”
Judith Salermo Izquierdo (formerly Universidad de Habana)


XXX – Cuban Music Today – Segal Theatre

Organizer/Moderator: Ted Henken (Baruch College, The City University of New York)

Debajo de la tierra: Underground Music in Havana”
Geoff Baker, London University

“Música Abakuá con fusión cultural” (talk and play)
Roman Díaz, Angel Guerrero, Pedro Martínez, Onel Mulet, “Proyecto Enyenison Enkama”

“Roadblocks on Calle Ocho: Negotiating a Space for Timba in Cuban Miami”
Jen Paz, University of California Los Angeles

“Porno para Ricardo, Rock y analquia para una sociedad en transición”
Laura García Freyre, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Discussant: Ned Sublette (Independent Scholar and Ethnomusicologist)


XXXI – Race and Ethnicity in Cuba: Beyond Black and White, part II – Room 9206-07

Moderator: Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Brown University)

 “The Cuban-Jewish Community in Miami
Caroline Bettinger-López,
Columbia University

“Migration, Segregation, Integration, Transculturation, and Reculturation in Cristina García’s Monkey Hunting
William Luis, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University

 “Public Policy Against Racism in Socialist Cuba: Past, Present, and Future”
Alejandro Campos-García, York University (Canada) 

“Interculturalidad antropológica y literaria de Cuba y el sureste de México”
[“Anthropological and Literary Representations of Cuba and Southeast Mexico”]
Carlos E. Bojórquez Urzaiz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Mexico)*


10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Section I


XXXII – Cubans in the US: Generational Differences among Cubans – Room 9206-9207

Organizers: Yolanda Prieto (Ramapo College of New Jersey) and Silvia Pedraza (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Silvia Pedraza  (University of Michigan)

“Socioeconomic and Political Dimensions of Generational Change Among Cubans in Miami”
Lisandro Pérez, Florida International University

“A Generational Divide? College-age Cuban Americans and their Relationship to Cuba and Heritage”
María Cristina García, Cornell University

“Generation, Historical Location and the Socio-Political World Views of Cuban Women”
Catherine Krull, Queens University

“Political Generations in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus”
Silvia Pedraza, University of Michigan

“Political Cultures Among Cubans and Cuban Americans in Union City, New Jersey”
Yolanda Prieto, Ramapo College of New Jersey


XXXIII – Women and the Cuban Literary Perspective – Segal Theatre

Moderator: Esther Allen (Baruch College)

 “La poesía de Juana Rosa Pita”
Ada María Teja, Universidad de Sienna (Italy) 

“La hija de Cuba: Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y la novela del siglo XXI”
María Albin, University of Minnesota

“Geographies of Memory: Contemporary Cuban Women Rewrite Space and Place”
Myrna García-Calderón, Syracuse University

“Animated Photographs: G. Cabrera Infante and Ana Menéndez”
Isabel Álvarez Borland, College of the Holy Cross


XXXIV – Economics, part II – Room 9204-05

 “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Commercial Interests in a Post-Fidel Cuba”
Paolo Spadoni, Rollins College, and Julia Sagebien, Dalhousie University

“A Workers’ State? The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Cuban Labour Market”
Emma Phillips, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP

“Colliding Domestic Rationalities: A Framework for Understanding Cuba’s New Export Commodity”
Orlando Pérez and Angela Haddad, Central Michigan University

"The social demand for one single currency”
Eloise Linger, State University of New York at Old Westbury

“The Cuban Economy in Comparative Context”
Emily Morris, The Economist Intelligence Unit


 12:15-1:45 p.m.: NEW BOOKS ON CUBA – (Rooms 9204-9207)
(Bocaditos and refreshments)

Organizer: Araceli Tinajero (City College, The City University of New York)


XXXV.A New Books on Cuba – Rooms:  9206-9207

Moderator: Jerry Carlson - CCNY


• Ruth Behar. An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007. Presented by Vanessa Díaz (University of Michigan)

• Philip Brenner, Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John M. Kirk, & Willian M. LeoGrande, eds.  A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution.  New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007. Presented by: Margaret E. Crahan (St. Edward's U)

• DePalma, Anthony. El hombre que inventó a Fidel. Castro, Cuba y Herbert Matthews del New York Times. New York: Jorge Pinto Books, 2007. Presented by Rafael Ocasio (Agnes Scott College)

• Sergio Díaz-Briquets and Jorge Pérez-López. Corruption in Cuba: Castro and Beyond. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2006. Presented by Alfonso Quiroz (Baruch – Graduate Center, CUNY)

Sujatha Fernandes. Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006. Presented by Odette Casamayor (U Conn)

• Alexander Gray and Antoni Kapcia. The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society. Gainsville, FL:  University Press of Florida, 2008. Presented by Peter Roman (Hostos CC-CUNY)

Ted Henken. Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook. Santa Barbara/Denver/Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008. Presented by Silvia Pedraza (U of Michigan)

Silvia Pedraza. Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus.  NY: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Presented by José Moya (Columbia U)

• Rafael Rojas. Motivos de Anteo. Patria y nación en la historia intelectual de Cuba. Madrid: Colibrí, 2008. Presented by César Salgado (U of Texas)

• Lisa Yun. The Coolie Speaks: Chinese and Africans of Cuba. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2007. Presented by Jack Tchen (NYU)



XXXV.B New Books on Cuba – Room: 9204-9205                                   

Moderator: Araceli Tinajero – CCNY


• Isabel Álvarez-Borland, Lynette M. F. Bosch, and Jorge J. E. Gracia. Identity, Memory, and Diaspora: Voices of Cuban-American Artists, Writers, and PhilosophersAlbany, NY: SUNY Press, 2008. Presented by Raúl Rosales-Herrera (Drew University)

• Anke Birkenmaier. Alejo Carpentier y la cultura del surrealismo en América Latina. FrankfurtMadrid: Iberoamericana–Vervuert, 2006. Presented by Duanel Díaz (Princeton U)

• Nathalie Bondil, editor.  Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to TodayMontreal: Prestel Publishing, 2008.  Presented by Iliana Cepero Amador (Independent Art Critic and Curator)

• Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel) and Natania Remba. Surrounded by Water: Expressions of Freedom and Isolation in Contemporary Cuban Art. Boston, MA: Boston U Art Gallery, 2008. Presented by: Ana María Hernández (La Guardia CC, CUNY)

• Jacqueline Loss and Esther Whitfield. New Short Fiction from Cuba. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2007. Presented by Isabel Álvarez-Borland (C of the Holy Cross)

William Luis. Juan Francisco Manzano. Autobiografía del esclavo poeta y otros escritos. FrankfurtMadrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2007. Presented by Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Brown U)

• Rafael Ocasio. A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2007. Presented by Carlos Riobó (The City College – CUNY)

• Araceli Tinajero. El lector de tabaquería. Madrid: Verbum, 2007. Presented by Stephen Wilkinson (London Metropolitan U)

• Esther Whitfield. Cuban Currency: The Dollar and “Special Period” in Fiction. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. Presented by Jacqueline Loss (U Conn)

• Stephen Wilkinson. Detective Fiction in Cuban Society and Culture. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006. Presented by Ted Henken (Baruch – CUNY)


CLOSING PLENARY (2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)  Elebash Recital Hall

Cuba and the World: Crossroads and Change”

Moderator: Mauricio Font

Director, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Jorge Castañeda
Distinguished Global Professor at New York University
Former Foreign Minister of

Caleb Charles McCarry
Cuba Transition Coordinator
U.S. Department of State

Denis Baresch
Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations

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