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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.

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. Raul Rodriguez on Cuban/U.S. Relations
Approximately 8 am – 9:30 am

Dr. Jorge Mario on the Cuban Economy
Approximately 9:45 am -11:15am

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)

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. Jorge Mario Sanchez Egozcue (Cuban Economy)

Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue is currently a Senior Researcher and Professor at the University of Havana’s Center of Studies of the International Economy (CIEI). Previously, 2010-14, he was with the Centro de Estudios de la Economía Cubana (CEEC) and, 1990-2010, with the Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU). His research focuses on foreign policy and economic development. He served as Co-president of the Cuba Section at LASA – Latin American Studies Association, in the U.S. (2009-2013). He has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program UNDP in Cuba (2011,2014,2016), and for the Canadian Agency for Cooperation ACDI (1999-2010), and has published in various journals and edited collections. He has been a Visiting professor as well as lecturer at several universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America, among which have been: Visiting Professor, IHEAL-Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 (2016, 2009) and SciencesPo (2009); Tinker Visiting professor, Institute of Latin American Studies-LLILAS-, University of Austin, Texas (2013); Visiting Research Fellow, ILAS- SIPA Columbia University, New York (2011); and Visiting Scholar for a third time at The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies DRCLAS, Harvard University (2010).

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.

VIII Continental Gathering in Solidarity with Cuba, July 28, 29 & 30 2016, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s Solidarity with Cuba Campaign and the Puerto Rico Committee for Solidarity with Cuba, in accordance with the responsibility assumed in Caracas, Venezuela, are pleased to extend their warmest and most fraternal greetings in notifying you that the VIII Continental Gathering in Solidarity with Cuba, will be held from July 28 – 30 2016 in the city of Santo Domingo. As is customary, coordination of the event will be shared with the Cuban Institute for Friendship among Peoples (ICAP).

In keeping with this heartfelt commitment, we invite you to this important occasion where we will discuss current topics involving solidarity with Cuba in the new period. Cuba is the country that for over half a century has resisted the US government’s hostile and genocidal policy with heroism and bravery.

The VIII Gathering will also include, among its topics of discussion and debate, the processes that are taking place regionally, the projections for continental solidarity, and the development of new initiatives aimed at strengthening integration, unity, and the defense of our nations’ sovereignty and independence.

We will come together under the slogan of ¡FOR THE UNITY AND INTEGRATION OF OUR PEOPLES!, and we aspire to fulfill our commitment to strengthen the ties of friendship and brotherhood that we share with our sister Republic of Cuba. In the world that we live Cuba has become the universal reference point for dignity and resistance in the face of harassment, increases in war, and the constant attempts of subversion and threats by the empire.

We hope we can count on your presence in Santo Domingo. We look forward to having you and the valuable contributions and initiatives that you can bring to enrich our collective experiences in the struggle against the criminal blockade and the political- ideological media disinformation campaign. Out of this gathering we hope to come away with a strengthening in our working strategy for the continental solidarity with Cuba movement.

For further information, please contact: (Milagros Rivera, Puerto Rico), (Alfonso Torres Ulloa, Dominican Republic) and ICAP at:

For the Organizing Committee, Dominican Republic Solidarity with Cuba Campaign, Puerto Rico Solidarity with Cuba Committee, and Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples

Registration Form

Due date to register June 30, 2016

Please complete the registration form and send it back by email to the following addresses: Alfonso Torres Ulloa: and Milagros Rivera:

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The “Venceremos” Movement Picket Line


On February 5, 2016, the “Venceremos” social movement and the Workers’ Union of Moscow, together with the allied organizations’ representatives, conducted a sanctioned picket line near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. More people came than was reported, and it has caused anxiety to the police. The picket line was a success. The Workers’ Union of Moscow co-chairman and the “Venceremos” social movement Political Council Member comrade Lashin read the following appeal to the Embassy:

After the main picket line finished, we came to the place of the traditional single-person picket near the Embassy entrance. Comrade Lashin clarifies:

The following appeal was handed over to the Embassy:

Social Movement
Executive Board
Web site:
Luganskaya-3-2-351 tel. +7(903)2317848, +7(926)9051432, +7 (916)4330877
Moscow, 115304 E-mail:

February 5, 2016 № 5

To: the United States of America Embassy
in the Russian Federation

It is more than a year ago since us, participants in the movement for Latin America peoples’ sovereignty, together with friends from all over the world, brought about the liberation of the Cuban Five anti-terrorist heroes. The U.S. President has acknowledged that repressive anti-Cuban policies have not worked. Diplomatic relations have been re-established, political dialogue has begun, and US citizens’ access to travel has been expanded. Cuba has been removed from the list of countries accused of “terrorism assistance,” where it should never have been included given Cuba’s significant contributions to fighting the evil of terrorism.

However, to bring about full-fledged normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations, it is necessary to lift all bans on trade and economic and financial transactions. For more than 20 years, the world community has denounced the blockade of Cuba, a sovereign state. One hundred and ninety-one members of the 70th U.N. General Assembly voted to remove the blockade; only 2 nations – the U.S. and Israel – voted to uphold it. In addition, official contacts with Venezuela are incompatible with the “executive decree” declaring it a “menace to national security” and put into operation illegal sanctions.

Unfortunately, influence of anti-Cuban and anti-Venezuelan lobbies is pervasive in the U.S., and is historically connected to international right-wing extremist groups. Expansion of international terrorism demonstrates the extreme danger of these factions. One of the conditions to eliminate terrorism is to implement all measures for normalization of relations with Cuba, as declared by the U.S. President a year ago. However, these measures are insufficient.

We appeal to the U.S. Government and to all responsible forces in the Congress:

to stop the unlawful practice of financial and economic sanctions against companies and citizens of third countries for trade and economic contacts with Cuba and other states, to lift the anti-Cuba embargo and declare the Torricelli and Helms-Burton laws and all other acts of Cuba blockade as null and void, by virtue of their contradiction with U.S. international obligations as the U.N. founding member and to the norms of international law;

  • to fulfill the long-term promise to close the “detention center” at the Guantanamo military base and to start negotiations on returning this territory to Cuba, in accordance with the position of the countries of the region as expressed at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) January summit;
  • to prohibit activities of the armed anti-Cuban, anti-Venezuelan and other extremists in the U.S. as inconsistent with the U.N. Charter, with national law, and with provision of international peace and security;
  • to bring to justice those terrorists responsible for concealment and connivance, including fabrication of the Cuban Five court process by mass media bribery and pressure upon jurymen;
  • to grant amnesty and to liberate Ana Belen Montes, convicted unjustly for informing the legitimate authority of Cuba on unlawful actions being planned in the U.S.;
  • to continue investigation of crimes of the international ultra-right network which had been preparing the terrorist plan “Condor”, attempts against F.Castro, H.Chavez, N.Maduro, E.Morales, R.Correa and other Latin American politicians, subversive economic actions with active participation of Luis Posada Carriles and similar persons; to extradite L.Posada Carriles to Venezuela for bringing him to trial for the Cuban plane explosion in 1976 and other acts of terror;
  • to prevail on Colombian authorities for assistance in the quick liberation of all the political prisoners and prisoners of war, to guarantee observation of human rights and achievement of lasting peace; to return freedom and the possibility to make his contribution to completing the peace process to one of its initiators, Simon Trinidad, who is unjustly confined in U.S. prison;
  • to lift the “executive decree” on sanctions against Venezuela, to stop intervening into its affairs; to prevail on parliamentary opposition for assistance to constructive dialogue between the branches of government;
  • to grant amnesty and to liberate the eldest political prisoner of the U.S. and Latin America – the Puerto-Rican Oscar López Rivera; to grant the people of Puerto-Rico the right for self-determination, according to the U.N. and CELAC position;
  • to liberate the anti-racist civil activist, political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal serving life imprisonment;
  • to withhold military assistance to the Kiev regime which severely violates human rights; to support the initiative of creating the international tribunal for investigation of war crimes committed during the so-called anti-terrorist operation in Donbass, as well as in Odessa and other regions; to publish the satellite data on the Malaysian airliner crash in July 2014; to demand that the Kiev officials hold direct negotiations with the elected bodies of Donbass;
  • to lift the unlawful sanctions against Syria and Iran fighting heavy battles against international terrorism; to support the anti-terrorist measures of Russia and other countries, to coordinate actions with them;
  • to prevail on authorities of Israel, Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop export of violence to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya; to realize the acknowledged right of Arab people of Palestine for its sovereignty;
  • to demand that the President and Government of Turkey admit their liability for connivance with terrorists and destruction of the Russian plane during its anti-terrorist mission, to investigate the crimes objectively and to punish all those guilty by law;
  • to abstain from placing extra troops and arms in Europe and at the Far East as a provocative action posing a threat to universal peace;
  • to use its influence on South Korean authorities (the Republic of Korea) for assistance to democratization of this country, first of all, to repeal the law “On National Security” which severely violates fundamental human rights and freedoms, and to liberate persons convicted on the basis of this unjust law, including the “Korean Dozen” – the twelve health workers of the Pusan city, as well as Han Sang-gyun and other leaders of trade union movement and all those arrested during mass protests in Seoul in November 2015;
  • to stop provocative military maneuvers near the DPRK borders, to withdraw all U.S. military bases and servicemen from the territories of Japan and South Korea.

The Executive Board and Public Council members:

A.A. Lashin

E.I. Fradkin

A.V. Kharlamenko

S.V. Khristenko

V.N. Chechentsev

N.A. Yatsunov

Photos by E. Sidorenkova, P. Borisov, V.I. Shishkarev