Simposio Internacional sobre Cuba


The Helena Lewin Chair in Latin American Studies
The University of Haifa, Israel

Cuba’s Transformations Vis-à-vis the Outside World:
A Reassessment

An International Symposium
Video-Conference Room 606, Main Building, The University of Haifa,
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

09:30 Inauguration
Greetings: Prof. Reuven Snir, Dean of Humanities;
Prof. Amos Megged, Chair

10:00-10:30 Prof. Philip Brenner, (American University Director, Graduate Program in US Foreign Policy and National Security): “Current Cuban-U.S. relations in light of the December 17 announcement regarding diplomatic relations between the two countries”. Live broadcast in:

10:30-11:00 Documentary Film: “Cuerda al aire”, by Marcel Beltrán

11:00-12:00 A panel: Cuba of Everyday’s Life: Recollections of the Once Ordinary Citizens (in both Hebrew and Spanish) (Eduardo Torres and Miguel Morales, immigrants from Cuba).

12:00-13:00 Break

Cuba: The Ethnic and Racial Domain
Chairperson: Prof. Amos Megged

13:00-14:00 Prof. Jorge Duany (Florida International University): “Ethnic and Racial Problems and Challenges in Contemporary Cuba.”

Cuba’s Historic Relationships with the West
Chairperson: Prof. Zach Levey

14:10-14:40 Dr. Margalit Bejarano (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Between deception and survival: Cuba since the disintegration of Soviet Communism (in Hebrew):” בין אכזבה להישרדות: קובה מאז קריסת הקומוניזם הסובייטי”

14:40-15:10 Prof.Arie M. Kacowicz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “Cuba and the Outside World: from the Cold War, onto the Twenty-First Century.”
15:10-15:30 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Roundtable: “Diplomacy from an academic vantage point: USA-Cuba normalization process.”
Participants: Prof. Philip Brenner, American University; Prof. Edy Kaufman, University of Maryland.

17:00-17:30 Coffee Break

Cuba’s Cultural Domain

17:30-18:00 Dr. Cynthia Gabbay (the University of Haifa): “Latin American intelligentsia vis-à-vis the Cuban Revolution (in Hebrew): “האינטלקטואלים באמריקה הלטינית והמהפכה הקובנית”.

18:00-19:00 An International Video-Conference on Contemporary Culture and the Arts in Cuba, (Arturo Arango, escritor, Escuela de Cine de Cuba) (in Spanish, with translation into Hebrew). Live broadcast in:

Concluding Comments: Prof. Philip Brenner, Prof. Jorge Duany, and Prof. Amos Megged.





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