Rutgers University and University of Havana Collaboration Conference
The Evolving of a New Economy, Science, and  Society of Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities

November 10-15, 2019

The fourth annual conference of the Rutgers University/University of Havana Collaboration continues the joint research, discussions, and development of projects between faculty at the respective universities to build and enrich knowledge around the shared topics and themes of the collaboration:  community development and entrepreneurship, including the arts; STEM fields, including environmental, marine, and computer science; and population health.  As determined by the Leadership Committee of Rutgers and the University of Havana, the conference will have the following agenda with the below confirmed speakers (subject to change):

To Register for the Conference

RUTGERS AFFILIATED
Rutgers Faculty, Staff and Students (Conference Registration and Fee):  Click here 

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Travel Prices
Conference Registration Fee (Required for all attendees, this fee includes four lunches and conference materials): $400
Travel arrangements (Group round trip flight from Newark, Lodging, Ground Transportation, Daily Breakfast and four Dinners in Cuba)
Single Room, Flight, Visa, Breakfast, 4 Dinners and Ground Transportation: $2,380.03
Double Room, Flight, Visa, Breakfast, 4 Dinners and Ground Transportation: $2,010.03

Lodging at Hotel Melia Cohiba
Paseo entre 1ra y 3ra, Vedado, 10400 La Habana, Cuba |+53 7 8333636

Questions and inquiries can be directed to:
Kiersten Westley Henson, MA, kvw5@camden.rutgers.edu | 856-225-6916
Claudia Sepulveda, MPA, | 856-225-6348 

 

Travel Day: November 10

  Group Travel to Havana from Newark Airport; Evening Dinner and Meeting with Collaboration Leaders
Lodging at Hotel Melia Cohiba
Paseo entre 1ra y 3ra, Vedado 10400, La Habana, Cuba

Day One: November 11 | University of Havana

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at hotel included in the conference
8:00 a.m. Buses leave to take people to the University of Havana
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.   Opening of the Conference and Welcome Remarks
 
  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Conference Chair
  • Miriam Nicado Garcia, Ph.D., President, University of Havana
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session: Universities as Anchors of Local Development
 
  • Miriam Nicado Garcia, Ph.D., President, University of Havana
  • C. Luis Alberto Pichs Garcia, Ph.D., Rector, University of the Medical Sciences of Havana
  • Michael Palis, Ph.D., Provost, Rutgers-Camden
  • Brian Strom, M.D., Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
  • David Lopez,  Co-Dean, Professor of Law and Professor Alfred Slocum Scholar, Rutgers-Newark
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.     Coffee break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
  A New Political Era:  U.S. and Cuba Relations

This plenary session will address the ongoing political relationships between the United States and cuba. As Cuba continues to open up to foreign investments, industries and trade to stimulate its new economy and workforce. Panelists will discuss how the new Cuban economy and policies can incorporate new reforms that ease tensions and challenges between the two countries.

Panelist:
  • Ernesto Domínguez López, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Havana
  • Luís Rene Fernández Tabio, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Professor, Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies, University of Havana
  • Olga Rosa Gonzalez, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies, University of Havana
  • Carlos Seiglie, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Rutgers-Newark

Moderator:

  • Raul Rodriguez Rodriguez, Ph.D., Director, Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies, University of Havana
2:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch at University of Havana (included in registration fee)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Afternoon Workshop Sessions
 

Digital and Internet Access

Broadband and Internet connectivity continue to be a challenge for Cuban society, particularly in rural areas and when affected by natural disasters. This session presents new ideas for implementing technology in accessible, efficient, and affordable ways to allow Cubans to utilize digital tools and resources.

Panelist:

  • Michael Palis, Ph.D., Provost, Rutgers-Camden 

Moderator:

  • Raul Guinovart Diaz, Ph.D., Dean, School of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Havana
 

Sustainable Local Community Development: Environment, Climate Change, and Resiliency in Society and the Economy

This workshop introduces new and successful case studies of local community development that deal with the environment, climate change and resiliency. This session brings together multidisciplinary fields together to discuss solutions, innovations,  experiences, and  successful case studies of local community development, environment and economic entrepreneurship.

Panelists:

  • Patricia Gonzalez Diaz, Ph.D., Director of Center for Marine Research, University of Havana
  • Patricia Rodríguez, Director of the Master Plan of Old Havana
  • Amy Savage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Biology, Rutgers-Camden

Moderator:

  • Maria del Carmen Zabala, Ph.D., Professor, FLACSO, University of Havana
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Working Sessions, Networking, Art Exhibits and Poster Sessions
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception at University of Havana
6:00 p.m. Buses go back to hotel
7:30 p.m. Dinner at a local Paladar (included in the Conference)

Day Two: November 12 | University of Havana

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel (included in the conference
8:00 a.m.  Buses leaves hotel to take people to the University of Havana
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Plenary Session
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. The Cuba Health System:  Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities (A Round Table  Discussion)
 

The Cuban health system continues to be a model for delivering accessible health care for all of its residents.  This session presents structures and methods for how Cuba builds a network of health workers throughout the community to address the pressing population health needs.

Panelists:

  • Pastor Castell-Florit, Ph.D. Director of the National School of Public Health, Cuba
  • Vicente Gracias, MD, FACS, FCCP, FCCM, Professor, Department of Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS); Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Moderator:

  • Marie T. O’Toole, Professor, Associate Dean, Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Open Dialogue, Questions and Recommendations on Health Care Models in Cuba and in the USA
12:00-1:00p.m. Lunch at the University of Havana (included in the conference)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Afternoon Workshop Sessions
  Material Sciences:  Nano Sciences and Technology

This session unites scholars in the STEM fields to discuss how to use natural resources and technology to solve health, environmental, and marine challenges that Cuba faces.  Experts will share groundbreaking research to address innovative solutions that are cost-effective and widespread.

Panelists:

  • Dionisio Zaldivar Silva, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, University of Havana
  • Cristina Díaz López, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, University of Havana
  • Jesús Rubayo-Soneira, Ph.D., Professor of Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (FCTN), Superior Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences
  • David Salas-de la Cruz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers-Camden

Moderator:

  • Luis Alberto Montero, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, University of Havana
 

Social Inequalities:  Education,  Policy, Civil Society, and Entrepreneurship

Social inequalities in Cuban society continue to challenge the public sector and opportunities to grow a strong workforce to emerging industries and economies.  This session addresses how social policy can impact the education sector to prepare workers for the demands of a new economy in Cuba.

Panelists:

  • Maria del Carmen Zabala, Ph.D., Professor, FLACSO, University of Havana
  • Daybel Pañellas Alvarez, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Havana
  • Ted Henken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Baruch College (CUNY) and Camilo Condis, Entrepreneur and Social Activist; Gilberto “Papito” Valladares Reina, Artecorte Project
  • Victoria Banyard, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Victoria Chase, Esq., Clinical Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Law – Camden; Sara Plummer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teaching, Rutgers School of Social Work
Moderator:

  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in Public Policy and Administration
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Working Sessions, Networking, Art Exhibits and Poster Sessions
4:30 p.m. Buses Return to Hotel
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Local Paladar (included in Conference)

Day Three: November 13 | University of Havana

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel (included in the conference)
8:00 a.m. Buses leave hotel to take people to the University of Havana
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Introduction
  Mind the Gap:  Translation and Migration Project

The exhibition and symposium are focused around the topic of translation and interpretation. “Mind the Gap” explores the quintessential need for individuals and groups to ‘explain themselves’ to others whether they are bridging distances created by language, culture, academic discourse one of a thousand other potential ‘gaps’ in understanding. Translation has the unique ability to function as a continual, spontaneous act of integration. It is the on-going process at the heart of any relationship between artist/viewer, professor/student, government/people, etc.

Speakers:

  • Margery Amdur, Professor of Art,  Rutgers-Camden
  • Robert Emmons, D. Litt., Associate Director, Digital Studies Center, Rutgers-Camden
  • Paul Bernstein, Associate Professor of Theater, Rutgers-Camden
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Art at the Intersection of Social Practice
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Filmmaking and Social Practice
 

Panelist:     

  • Gilberto “Papito” Valladares Reina, Artecorte
  • Miguel Coyula, Filmmaker
  • Amy Oden, Documentalist and T.V. Producer

Moderator:

  • Robert Emmons,  D. Litt., Associate Director, Digital Studies Center, Rutgers-Camden
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with invited artists (Included in the conference)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Workshops
  Beyond Language:  Translating the Writing of María Irene Fornés

Moderator:
  • Paul Bernstein, Associate Professor of Theater, Rutgers-Camden

Art as a Tool for the Update of Cultural Strategies in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Speakers:

  • Santiago Hermes, Visual Artist
  • Maria de la Caridad Cid Borrell, Project Coordinator “Zona Creativa Trazos Libres” in Cienfuegos, Cuba
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Art exhibits and dialogues
4:30 p.m. Buses Return to Hotel
6:00 p.m. Dinner at Local Paladar (included in Conference)

Day Four: November 14 | College of San Geronimo, Havana Vieja

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel (included in the conference)
8:00 a.m. Buses leave to College of San Geronimo in Havana Vieja
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session
  Historian Patrimonial in Celebrating Havana for 500 Years

  • Eusebio Leal Spengler, Ph.D., Historian for the City of Havana
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Coffee break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Roundtable on Havana’s 500th Anniversary
  Panelists:  
   
   
  • Patricia Rodriguez, Director of the Master Plan of Old Havana
  • Ayleen Robainas Barcia, Architect, Office of the Historian of Havana
  • Felix Julio Alfonso, Ph.D., Vice Dean, College of San Geronimo

Moderator:

  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in Public Policy and Administration
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch at local paladar
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Choose one of the following options:
Artist Panels or Visits to Old Havana Historic Preservation Project 
 

Artist Panel: Abstraction at the Intersection of Art and Practice

Moderator:

  • Margery Amdur, Professor of Art, Rutgers-Camden
4:00 p.m. Buses Return to Hotel
6:00 p.m. Closing Dinner(included in the conference)

Day Five: November 15

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel (included in the conference)
  Buses Depart to Airport for Group Flight to Newark
   

 

Call for Proposals and Papers

The Conference Leadership Committee invites faculty from each Rutgers campus (Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences) and other institutions to submit a proposal to present during the conference based on the themes and topics above.  The committee is seeking a diverse pool of scholars who have already been working on research projects with their Cuban counterparts, as well as scholars who are relatively new to the collaboration, but can provide unique insights into the topics and themes.

Download proposal form for details and criteria

 

Call for Posters 

Download proposal form for details and criteria

Contact for questions/specific information:

Kiersten Westley Henson, MA, Research Associate
Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center
kvw5@camden.rutgers.edu | 856-225-6916

Claudia Sepulveda
865-225-6348

Sponsors

Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center
Rutgers–Camden Office of the Chancellor
Rutgers–Camden School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University Office of the President
Rutgers–Newark Office of the Chancellor
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Office of the Chancellor
Rutgers Global
Institute of International Education (IIE)

 

Committee Members:

Rutgers University

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Chair
Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in Public Policy and Administration

Michael Palis, Ph.D.
Provost, Rutgers-Camden

Rick Garfunkel, Ph.D.
Vice President for International Affairs

Rick Lee, Ph.D.
Director of Global Programs and Partnerships, Rutgers Global

Donna Nickitas, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN
Dean, Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden

Howard Marchitello, Ph.D.
Dean, Rutgers-Camden School of Arts and Sciences

Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark

Kinna Perry, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Rutgers-Newark Graduate School

Brian Strom, M.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Richard Marlink, M.D.
Director, Rutgers Global Health Institute

Margery Amdur, M.F.A.
Professor of Art, Rutgers-Camden

Victoria Chase
Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Chair for Clinical Programs, Rutgers School of Law-Camden

University of Havana

Miriam Nicado Garcia, Ph.D.
Rector

Luis Montero-Cabrera, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Cristina Diaz Lopez, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Consultant
Department of Analytical Chemistry

Marta Muñoz Campos, Ph.D.
Director, FLACSO

Reynaldo Jimenez Guethon, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, FLACSO

Maria del Carmen Zabala, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, FLACSO