Conference on the Future Directions for a New Cuba: Building Sustainable Partnerships

November 6-10, 2017
Rutgers University–Camden

The conference will explore how institutions of higher learning build sustainable public-private partnerships for research and entrepreneurial programs in sustainable agriculture, education, the medical sciences, the arts, and community development. Dignitaries and leading scholars from the University of Havana, San Geronimo University, and the University of Medical Sciences of Havana will discuss research on effective strategies for increased development in Cuba as the country continues to normalize relations with the United States. Rutgers University has a formal collaboration with these institutions to unite faculty in joint research and seminars, facilitate academic and student exchanges, and share innovations in community development, population health, and the STEM fields. 

Conference Schedule

Monday, November 6, 2017
Multi-Purpose Room – Campus Center

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.
President of Rutgers University

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

Chancellor, Rutgers–Camden

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

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

Mayda Goite Pierre, Ph.D.
Vice-Chancellor for International Relations, Informatics and Communications and
Professor of Law, University of Havana

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Morning Keynote Speakers

Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Cuban Mission to the United States

Dr. José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez is the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United States of America, since September 17th, 2015. He was previously Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC, since November 1st, 2012. He graduated from the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of International Relations summa cum laude. He has been a member of numerous Cuban delegations visiting several countries. He has been also a member of several Organizing Committees of international events held in Havana. Ambassador Cabañas is also a Senior Professor at the Higher Institute of International Relations in Havana. He holds a Ph D in Political Science, Havana University 2009.

 

C. Luis Alberto Pichs Garcia, Ph.D.
Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences of Havana

The medical field in Cuba is one of the most advanced in the world. Dr. C. Luis Alberto Pichs Garcia is the leader of the prestigious University of Medical Sciences of Havana, which generates new knowledge in the areas of health care for developing countries. He will share how his institution applies research directly with communities to improve health conditions.

 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Morning Seminars

The Constitutional Law System in Cuba: A New Era for Collaboration
South AB Conference Room

Mayda Goite Pierre, Ph.D.
Vice-Chancellor for International Relations, Informatics and Communications and Professor of Law

Mayda Goite Pierre is an expert on the penal and constitutional law system in Cuba, including the Cuban ethics code, the structure of the Cuban Courts and how lawyers in Cuba are compensated for providing services. She will discuss how the Cuban court system has upheld the values of the Cuban constitution and how the era of normalized relations will change the composition of the judicial system.


Moderators / Discussants
  • Michael T. Cahill, J.D., Co-Dean, Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Cuban Perspectives on Community Development: Building Integrated Approaches to Education, Local Development and Social Equity                               
Executive Meeting Room

Distinguished scholars from the Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences (FLACSO) at the University of Havana and San Geronimo University will share how community development and education drive social policy to create equitable conditions for learning and improved quality of life for residents in economically poor environments. The Master Plan of Havana is an example of how historic preservation efforts have revitalized a neighborhood, brought economic stability, and provided shared meaning for a community.

Reynaldo Jiménez Guethón, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences
María del Carmen Zabala, Ph.D.
Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences
Felix Julio Alfonso, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Dean, San Geronimo University
Geydis Fundora Nevot
Professor, Faculty of Latin American Social Sciences
Moderators / Discussants
  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in Public Policy and Administration
  • Lorrin Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Maureen Donaghy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Marie T. O’Toole, Ed.D., Senior Associate Dean, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
  • Nancy Pontes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
The Arts as a Catalyst for Community Development and Neighborhood Transformation
West AB Conference Room

 

José Rodríguez Fuster
Artist, Jaiminitas Project
Jose Rodriguez Fuster is a Cuban artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design. He has made a major contribution over 10 years of work of rebuilding and decorating the fishing town of Jaimanitas in the outskirts of Havana, where he lives. Jaimanitas is now a unique work of public art where Fuster has decorated over 80 houses with ornate murals and domes to suit the personality of his neighbors, he has built a chess park with giant boards and tables, The Artists’ Wall composed of a quilt of dozens of tiles signed and donated by other Cuban artists, a theater and swimming pools.


Moderators / Discussants
  • Kenneth Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theater, Chair, Rutgers–Camden Department of Fine Arts
  • Matthew Closter, Research Associate at Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Multi-Purpose Room – Campus Center

 

Santiago Hermes
Artist, Free Strokes Creative Zone Project

Santiago Hermes graduated in engraving and drawing at the National Art School in Havana in 1990. He has done 118 personal and collective exhibitions and 142 performances. Among these presentations, the most representative are ¨Top Hat¨ traveling personal exhibit dedicated to the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. He is a member of the Visual Arts Board, the Cuban Committee “The slave route: resistance, freedom and heritage”, the Provincial Group of the Psychologists Cuban Society, Cuban Educator Association. He is a founder and leader of the socio-cultural community project ¨Free Strokes¨.

Santiago will present his performance piece, “Beyond.”

 

2:15-4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Seminars

Free Strokes Creative Zone Project
West AB Conference Room

 

Santiago Hermes
Topic: Free Strokes: Art and Life
Santiago Hermes graduated in engraving and drawing at the National Art School in Havana in 1990. He has done 58 personal exhibitions, 142 performances and 60 collective exhibitions. Among these presentations, the most representative are ¨Top Hat¨ traveling personal exhibit dedicated to the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. He is a member of the Visual Arts Board, the Cuban Committee “The slave route: resistance, freedom and heritage”, the Provincial Group of the Psychologists Cuban Society, Cuban Educator Association. He is a founder and leader of the sociocultural community project ¨Free Strokes¨.

 

Maria de la Caridad Cid Borrell, Coordinator
Topic: Opacity of Zones of Negritude in Cienfuegos
Maria de la Caridad works closely with Santiago Hermes and has taught courses and lectures in the connection between art and building social responsibility of new Cuban enterprising people. She has also coordinated large scale public art projects, theatrical presentations, workshops, and festivals. She was recently recognized with a distinguished award for her municipal community work in Cienfuegos.

Moderators / Discussants
  • Cyril Reade, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Art History; Director of the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts
  • Keith Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English
Historical Analysis of Migration and its Effects on Society
Executive Meeting Room

 

Ileana Sorolla Fernández, Ph.D.,
Director of the Center for International Migration Studies
Ileana Sorolla Fernandez will present her research on how migration has historically shaped the social and economic landscape of Cuba and other countries, and what are the current challenges institutions need to recognize and prepare for in this current era.



Moderators / Discussants
  • Kriste Lindenmeyer, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
  • Carla Giaudrone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Wanda Garcia, Associate Director Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center
STEM Applications for Community Development, Environmental Science, and Mathematics
South AB Conference Room
Cristina Diaz López, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Consultant, Department of Analytical Chemistry
Dionisio Zaldivar Silva, Ph.D.
Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry
Ana Margarita Estevas, Ph.D.
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry
 Marta Lourdes Baguer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, President of the Science Faculty Council

Deans and scholars from the departments of Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Havana will discuss how communities can integrate biological and computational strategies to expand their learning networks and build sustainable environments for greater capacity and resiliency. Their research incorporates biomaterials and pharmaceutical science to ensure that products are ecologically-friendly and beneficial to communities for the future.

Moderators / Discussants
  • Michael Palis, Ph.D., Provost
  • Joseph V. Martin, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Health Sciences
  • David Salas-de la Cruz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Amy Savage, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • Suneeta Ramaswami, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Computer Science

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Art Reception with Cuban Artists

Remaining Schedule – Closed Sessions

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Meetings and Workshops
Campus Center Executive Meeting Room and West A, B, and C Conference Rooms

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
STEM and Medical Science Faculty
Visit to Rutgers – New Brunswick
Visit to Local Schools and Projects

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Continued Meetings and Workshops

Friday, November 10, 2017
Continued Meetings and Workshops
Closing Dinner