• 1.Convening for Grantees of the Ford Foundation's Cuba Portfolio

    The SSRC Cuba Program organized a meeting June 13 & 14, 2018 in New York City for the Ford Foundation’s Cuba portfolio. The meeting served as an opportunity for grantees to reflect on the current state of U.S.-Cuba relations as well as to share ideas and insights as we think about our work moving forward. In the past three years, there have been numerous changes, which have both aided as well as hindered our ability to work effectively in Cuba. In the wake of restored diplomatic relations, the Trump administration unveiled new measures to limit travel to Cuba and prohibit financial transactions with certain Cuban entities. In addition, a reduction in U.S. embassy staff in Havana and the cessation of virtually all consular operations have impeded educational, cultural, and professional exchanges. There are also significant changes underway in Cuba, including impending leadership changes this past spring. These are important developments, which raise many logistical questions and whose results and consequences remain to be seen. Thus, it was an opportune moment to convene Ford’s Cuba grantees to share information and experiences so that we can strategically plan for the future. In addition to the grantees, we invited several experts from Cuba to share their thoughts on possibilities and opportunities for international collaboration. All that participated in the meeting were appreciative for the opportunity to engage and learn from their colleagues.

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    Cuba Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 2.Workshop on the state of Cuban studies in the United States

    The workshop on the State of Cubans Studies in the United States, which was organized in collaboration with John Jay College of the City University of New York and Cuba’s Revista Temas convened in Barcelona May 21-22, 2018 prior to the start of LASA. The workshop was a resounding success in accomplishing its stated purpose: to bring together scholars who reside in Cuba with those who reside outside the island for an intensive dialogue on the development of the field of Cuban Studies in the United States. A seminar on that same topic was held at Florida International University in 1990, but with participation of only U.S.-based scholars. Since that initial seminar, we have witnessed the multiplication of contacts between scholars on both shores, the expansion in the scope of studies in Cuba of the island’s society and culture, and the greater acceptance in Cuba of the work done by colleagues who do not reside in the island. A reassessment of the field of Cuban Studies in the United States was long overdue.

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    Cuba Program
    Meetings & Events
  • 3."Doing transnational migration research" seminar

    The Cuba Program sponsored a seminar titled “Doing Transnational Migration Research—Epistemological and Methodological Issues” in Havana, Cuba. Luis Guarnizo of the University of California, Davis and Jose Itzigsohn of Brown University led the seminar.

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    Havana, Cuba
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    Migration and Cuba
    Meetings & Events
  • 4."Doing transnational migration research" seminar

    The Cuba Program sponsored a seminar titled “Doing Transnational Migration Research—Epistemological and Methodological Issues” in Havana, Cuba. Luis Guarnizo of the University of California, Davis and Jose Itzigsohn of Brown University led the seminar.

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    Location
    Havana, Cuba
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    Cuba Program
    Meetings & Events