Travel to Cuba with the IISC: Medical study tour October 2015

BEGUILING Cuba and its world-renowned Health Service is the focus of this professional study tour organised by the International Institute for the Study of Cuba in conjunction with the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and Old Havana Ltd. (ATOL. 9627)

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Public event

Book launch and seminar- Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González

Authors Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams will talk about their new book, which introduces readers to 1) the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th century, and 2) librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution. Considering these two related subjects through the life and work of Marta Terry, Cuba will serve as an example for other Africans in the Americas and for all library workers in times of social change.

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“NO ES FACIL”: EVERYDAY LIFE IN CUBAN SOCIETY DURING THE SPECIAL PERIOD

Public seminar: “NO ES FACIL”: EVERYDAY LIFE IN CUBAN SOCIETY DURING THE SPECIAL PERIOD

This “No es Facil” Special Period seminar brings together a range of academics from different disciplines, all experts on Cuba, who will discuss the issues faced by ordinary Cuban citizens who, for well over a decade, courageously attempted to navigate their way though such a hostile economy.

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Should Cuba be on the list of terror states?

The designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism has been a contentious issue from the start. The fact that Cuba has been a victim of terrorism itself and ironically form the United States, has meant that this has been a source of deep resentment in Havana. However, the hurt is more than moral, economically too, the inclusion of Cuba on the so-called 'terror list' has meant that foreign banks have been severely fined in the US for dealing with the island to the extent that they have pulled out of dealing with Cuba altogether. This has added enormously to the financial burden placed on the Cuban economy.

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Obama’s Cuba gambit: Is the US embargo finally coming to an end?

Does this departure by the White House signal the end of the US policy? Will Congress block any of the initiatives? How will these new policies impact on the Presidential Race? The President's actions have raised far more questions than they have answered.

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Call for papers

Conference – Exploring change in Cuba – 11-12 June 2015

Cuba is going through an intense period of change, driven by reforms to lift the country out of the economic crisis that began in the 1990s. This process of change accelerated with the arrival to the presidency of Raúl Castro in 2008. In the same period, Cuba’s international integration has increased, through the role it plays in international organizations, the multiplication of bilateral agreements with countries in South America but also with Russia and China, and the re-negotiation of relations with the European Union within a context of questioning the "Common Position".

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