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Cuban Symposium

HavanaWhat:  A Symposium On Cuban Affairs

When:  October 27-28, 2016

Where:  Indiana State University (ISU) Terre Haute, IN

Registration Information:


Pursuant to ISU’s academic exchange agreement with the University of Havana,  ISU will convene a symposium on Cuban affairs to be held on October 27-28, 2016.  The centerpiece for the symposium will be leading Cuban scholars in their field who will serve as the primary speakers for the symposium sessions.  The individual symposium sessions will entail a “round-table” format with the invited Cuban scholars being asked to make a presentation followed by commentary/discussion by U.S. scholars and a question/answer period with members of the audience.  The symposium will be open to ISU students and faculty interested in Cuba/foreign affairs, faculty from other universities, regional groups interested in learning more about and establishing closer ties with Cuba, and the general public.

Registration Fees:

Session I -Thursday, October 27.  Registration for full participation (all faculty)- $25

Includes dinner as well as a panel discussion about how to set up teaching and learning travel experiences to Cuba and a presentation by Cuban diplomat, educator and writer, Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto.  Parking in University pay lots is included.

Session II - Friday, October 28 --  Registration for full participation (all faculty)- $25

Includes breakfast, lunch and a snack, as well as presentations by leading Cuban academics.  Parking in University pay lots is included.

Registration for faculty participating in entire Symposium is $45 – (a $5 cost savings). If  students attend and do not eat, they will be admitted at no charge, but they must register as noted below. If they plan to eat, they must pay the same as the other participants. This also includes parking if they park in the pay lot.

Registration Instructions:

In order to register for the Cuban Symposium, please proceed as follows:

  • Click on the link “Registration Information” under the “What-When-Where” picture at the top of the page. When you get to this page
  • Click on the link for the Cuban Symposium.  When you get to this page,
  • Click on the link “Enroll Yourself” at the bottom of the page, which will take you to the “Login Page”.

Once you reach the login page, you will need to create a login and password, unless you have registered for a conference or course at ISU previously using this system. The login and password are not linked to other Indiana State University networks. Both Session 1 (October 27 - 3 pm to 8 pm) and Session 2 (October 28 - 8 am to 4 pm) cost $25 each. If you sign up for both sessions, you will save $5 (total cost $45). Students planning to eat at the event must register at this link.

For students planning to attend, but not eat at the Symposium, please see below:

Students planning to attend, but not eat at the Symposium must still register, but not using the link mentioned above. They will use the no-charge student link.  The no-charge student link is: . Regarding the item asking which session DID you attend, simply indicate which session(s) you INTEND to attend.

Symposium sessions will be held in the Dede II meeting room of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.  The Student Union is located on Dede Plaza (look for the large fountain).  Free parking (which is part of the registration fee) is available at the Visitors Pay Parking Lot, which is catty-cornered across the street from the Student Union.  For a map and driving directions, go to

Daily Session Schedules:

Session I -Thursday, October 27.

Registration – 3 pm

  • Panel on how to set up teaching and learning travel to Cuba – 3:30 pm to 5 pm in Dede II

5:30 – 6:00 pm break to allow dinner to be set up

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner

  • 7:00 Keynote speech by Carlos Alzugaray


Session II - Friday, October 28

Registration – 7 am to 8 am

Breakfast – 7 am - 8 am

  • Dr. Carlos Alzugaray on the Evolution of Cuban /U.S. Relations:  From Animosity to Cautious Détente

Approximately 8 am - 9:30 am

  • Dr. Raul Rodriguez on Cuban/U.S. Relations:  Current Issues and Problems

Approximately 9:45 am to 11:15 am

Lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Dr. Marta Nunez on Women in Cuba

Approximately 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

  • Dr. Enrique Baldarrin Chaple on the Cuban Health Care System

Approximately 2:30 pm -4:00 pm

Cuban Participants:

  • Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto (keynote speaker and Cuban/US Relations)

Dr. Alzugaray Treto was born in Havana in 1943. He is a Cuban diplomat, educator and writer.

He graduated from Havana University in 1965. He also did undergraduate work at Sophia University’s International Division in Tokyo, Japan, from 1959-1961. He holds a Master’s Degree on Contemporary History (1997) and a PhD on the History of International Relations (1998) from the University of Havana. Professionally, he has been a member of the Cuban Foreign Service (1961-1996), a Professor of International Relations at different Cuban Institutions (1980-2012), and an Editor and Member of the Advisory Council of the Cuban social science & humanities journal Temas (Topics) (Since 2010).

At present he is a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UN-EAC), an independent international affairs analyst and an advisor for New Cuban Consulting, a business consultant firm.

In the Foreign Service he served in Cuban Embassies and Consulates in Ja-pan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia and Belgium. From 1992-1994 he was Advisor to the Cuban Foreign Minister on Global Political Affairs and from 1994-1996 Ambassador, Chief of Mission to the European Union.

As an educator he achieved the rank of Profesor Titular (Professor) in 1999 and taught at the following Cuban institutions: Higher Institute of International Affairs (at which he also served as Vice Dean, Head of Department and Coordinator of Strategic Studies), University of Havana (at which he is still consultant for the Center for Caribbean Studies and the Center for Hemispheric & United States Studies), the National Defense College & the Academy of the Armed Forces. He has been honored with the annual title of National Distinguished Professor (five times) and Researcher (on one occasion).

He has published three books and more than 100 articles, essays & book chapters. In Cuba he has been honored by the Critics’ Prize for best non-fiction book (2000) and the Casa de las Américas literary prize (on two occasions – 2001 & 2013).

He was a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences between 2000 and 2012 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Political Science Association between 2002 & 2010. At present he is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Section, LASA.

He has been Visiting Professor or Research Fellow in the following institutions outside Cuba: Beloit College, Queens College (CUNY), Harvard University & Johns Hopkins University in the USA; European University Institute in Italy; University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain; Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo (ITAM) in Mexico; and the University of Winnipeg in Canada.


  • Dr. Raul Rodriguez Rodriquez (US/Cuban Relations)

Raúl Rodríguez Rodríguez is a professor/researcher and Director of  the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies at the University of Havana. Mr. Rodríguez holds a M.A. degree in 20th century history and international relations and a Ph.D. in History from the School of History and Social Sciences at the University of Havana and a degree in English from the Higher Institute of Foreign Languages. At the University of Havana, he teaches introductory and postgraduate courses on U.S. history and he has co- authored syllabi and taught courses (in English) on Cuban history and the history of U.S.-Cuban relations to U.S. undergraduate students from the Harvard University, University of North Carolina, American University and University of Alabama on semester programs at the University of Havana since 2004.

Mr. Rodríguez’s has been a visiting scholar  and  guest lecturer in Canadian, UK, U.S. and Latin American  Universities since 2002 on topics related to Cuban Foreign Policy  and US-Cuba/ Canadian-Cuban relations and his  most recent publications include: “Convergence and Divergence in United States and Canadian Cuba Policy post 1959; A Triangular Comparative Analysis,” in International Journal of Canadian Studies no 37, 2008; and “Las relaciones Estados Unidos Canadá en el contexto regional de América del Norte” in Estados Unidos: Una  mirada en el siglo 21, edited by Jorge Hernández (Havana: Editorial Ciencias Sociales, 2009); “Canada, Cuba and the United States as seen in Cuban Diplomatic History 1959-1962,” Working Papers Series, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1/10, Harvard University; “Canada and the Cuban Revolution: Defining the Rules of Engagement,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal,  Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2010, Co-Author with Rosa Lopez Oceguera; “Las Relaciones Histórico Políticas entre Canadá y el Gran Caribe” in Conexión Canadá-Caribe: política, economía, historia y migraciones recientes,  Milagros Martinez (editor), Editorial CEDEM, La Habana  2013; Co-author with Harry Targ, “US Foreign Policy towards Cuba:  Traditional Explanations and Levels of Analysis,” International Journal of Cuban Studies, London U.K. Jan-June 2014; and “US Economic Sanctions on Cuba: An International Ethics Perspective,” LASA Forum, Spring 2016: Volume XLVII: Issue 2.

  • Dr. Enrique Beldarraín Chaple (Cuban Public Health)

Dr. Beldarraín is Chief of the Research Department at the National Information Center of Medical Sciences and a Professor of Public Health and the History of Medicine at the National School of Public Health.  He has over 50 professional publications (books, articles, etc.) as well as major research grants (e.g., from the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University) and has received prestigious Cuban awards for both his publications and his contributions to the development of the Cuban public health system.  His international activities have included lectures, expert consultations, field work, visiting professorships, and the like in Puerto Rico, Spain, Angola, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and the U.S. (at such universities as Harvard, Yale, and Brown).  He has been awarded a 2016 Fellowship to serve as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University.

  • Dr. Marta Nuñez Sarmiento (Women in Cuba)

Marta Núñez Sarmiento (Cuba, 1946) is a retired professor at the University of Havana (1966-2011) where she taught methodology and gender studies. Her research has concentrated on women and employment in Cuba (in the public sector and in the newly opened small businesses); gender studies in Cuba; images of women in Cuban mass media; transition projects for Cuba proposed by Cuban American and U.S. scholars. She holds a Master's in Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Santiago, Chile (1971) and a PhD in Economics from the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, USSR (1983) and has been a visiting professor at universities in the Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina. She teaches semester abroad programs on Contemporary Cuba –focusing on Gender Relations, Race and Inequalities- in Havana for students from the Consortium of Advanced Studies Abroad of Brown University, as well as for American University, Hampshire College and North Carolina Chapel Hill, among others. She has worked as a consultant on gender for several agencies of the UN (1988-2015), for the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) (2007-2008); the Association of Caribbean States (1999) and for several NGOs. She is a founding member of the Women´s Studies Program at the University of Havana (1991) as well as of the Casablanca Dream Group of feminist scholars from the South (since 2007). She served as an Expert for the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA), (Moscow, 1978-1983) and as Counselor for the Embassy of Cuba in Russia (1993-1997). Marta was a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (2010). She has published extensively in the US, Cuba and other countries. Her latest book Yo sola me represento (I speak for myself) came out in 2012.

Page Updated: October 17, 2016