Rutgers–Camden to Host Second Annual International Conference on Cuba

By Tom McLaughlin

For the second consecutive year, leading scholars from the United States and Cuba will gather to discuss sustainable public-private partnerships on the island nation during a global conference at Rutgers University–Camden from Nov. 6 to 10.

The “Conference on the Future Directions for a New Cuba: Building Sustainable Partnerships” will be highlighted by a free, public symposium from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at various locations in the Campus Center, located at 326 Penn Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

This year’s forum, held a year after Rutgers University and the University of Havana signed an historic memorandum of understanding, underscores the commitment of American and Cuban scholars to engage in mutual intellectual pursuits, says Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers–Camden.

“This symposium reflects a longstanding history of collaboration between our two universities dating back to 2002,” says Bonilla-Santiago, chair of the conference. “By coming together again, we want to show the world that these academic exchanges are critical and possible; that our collective human interest is advanced when we collaborate and have full exchange of ideas and people.”

The conference will explore how institutions of higher learning build sustainable public-private partnerships for research and entrepreneurial programs in sustainable development, 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.

In 2001, Rutgers–Camden and the University of Havana signed a historic memorandum of understanding to engage in collaborative research. Last year, representatives from Rutgers University and the University of Havana signed a renewal of the flourishing agreement.

José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, ambassador of the Cuban mission to the United States, and C. Luis Alberto Pichs Garcia, chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences of Havana, will deliver the morning keynote addresses.

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