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Perspectives from Havana: Economist Ricardo Torres (Week 1 of 5)
April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Perspectives from Havana in a Year of Covid and Embargo – A Series of Weekly Conversations
What has Cuba been like in the past year?
What is like now?
What have been the major challenges and achievements?
Like the rest of the world, Havana and Cuba have just completed the first full year of Covid 19. It has done so with the full force of the U.S. embargo on its neck, including additional measures enacted by the Trump administration and so far not modified or removed by the Biden administration. What has Havana been like the past year? What is it like now? What have been the major challenges and achievements?
All events at 6pm Eastern Time
April 13: From the Perspective of an Economist – Ricardo Torres (We regret that Esteban Morales is ill and cannot do the presentation, but Prof. Ricardo Torres will be a terrific replacement.)
April 20 From the Perspective of Science & Healthcare – Luis Montero Cabrera
April 27: From the Perspective of a Sociologist and Feminist – Marta Nuñez
May 04: From the Perspective of a Poet and Writer – Nancy Morejón
May 11: From the Perspective of the Next Generation — David Faya and Isabel Rodriguez
Each week will start with a short presentation, followed by plenty of time for questions and dialogue. The discussion will be moderated by Cole Harrison (Massachusetts Peace Action), Sandra Levinson (Center for Cuban Studies), and Gloria Caballero (Latin American Solidarity Coalition of W. Mass)
Ricardo Torres is a professor of economics and Cuban economy with the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, at the University of Havana and a consultant to Cuban and foreign companies interested in Cuba. Born in Villa Clara in 1981, he got his Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana in 2011. Has has a biweekly column at Progreso Semanal. He has been a government scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2007-2009) and research scholar at Harvard University (2011), Ohio State University (2012), Columbia University (2013) and American University (2015). He has participated in conferences and courses in several countries in Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic), United States, Europe (Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands), Asia (Japan, China, Singapore, Vietnam) and Africa (Morocco, South Africa). He has also edited and authored several books and papers on the Cuban economy. Among his most recent publications are Policies for Economic Growth: Cuba’s New Era in Cuba’s Economic Change in Comparative Perspective (Brookings Institution, 2014), No More Free Lunch: Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation (Springer, 2014) and Miradas a la Economía Cubana. La actualizacion siete años después (Ruth Casa Editorial, La Habana, 2018).
Register to attend (only one registration is needed for the series). At the close of each session you will be given information and options for action to lift the Sanctions and end the Embargo, as well as ways in which you can get involved with the organizations sponsoring and co-sponsoring the series, or hold events and forums in your own community, institution or organization.
Introductions: Merri Ansara in Havana
Massachusetts Peace Action (www.masspeaceaction.org)
Center for Cuban Studies (www.centerforcubanstudies.org)
Latin American Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts (https://lascwm.org)
Cosponsors: CodePink, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism, Global Health Partners, July 26 Coalition Boston, Latin American Working Group (LAWG), National Network on Cuba, Solidarity Collective, US Peace Council, WILPF: Cuba and the Bolivarian Alliance Issues Committee, US-Cuba Normalization Coalition, Saving Lives Campaign, US Women & Cuba Collaboration
Other organizations are invited to co-sponsor the event and provide information on follow up actions and activities for the audience participants.