Cuba Futures: Past and Present

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Venue:Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies/CUNY

Since the early part of the 19th century, Cuban intellectuals, political leaders, civil society organizations and institutions have created multiple visions, projects and blueprints for building an independent Cuba. External and transnational groups, including governments, have also participated in generating ways of improving society. These efforts continue in the present. Past or present, these visions can often clash with each other, fail to attract support, or much less induce change consensually perceived as desirable. However, they have generated legacies that stand and shape realities, memories, perceptions, and diverse plans for reforming Cuba.

Organized by the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies/Cuba Project (, this international and interdisciplinary conference builds on the expertise of Cuba specialists at the City University of New York and participants in past Cuba Project conferences and seminars. As in the past, we expect specialists from across the globe. The conference continues a dialogue begun at the previous symposia, "A Changing Cuba in a Changing World."

The main aim of this international symposium is to reflect and advance excellent academic work on Cuban studies. Participants and attendees will generally come from academic and professional institutions/endeavors. We highly value academic accomplishments and expertise in Cuban studies.

If you would like to participate with a paper presentation, please send a one page paper proposal to

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Conference Dates: March 31 - April 2, 2011

Preliminary Organizing Committee:

María Isabel Alfonso, St. Joseph's College
Samuel Farber, Brooklyn College

Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and The Graduate Center
Katrin Hansing, Florida International Institute

Ted Henken, Baruch College, CUNY
Ana María Hernández, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Carlos Riobo, The City College of New York, CUNY

Raúl Rubio, John Jay College, CUNY
Julie Skurski, The Graduate Center

Araceli Tinajero, The City College of New York, CUNY

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