Shifting US-Cuba Relations: Perspectives on the Obama-Castro Agreements

December 23, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The decision to set US-Cuba relations on a new course is a break from decades of mutual animosities, including US efforts to isolate and transform Cuba through the embargo. As announced, the historic agreements of December 17, 2014, present opportunities and challenges in several areas: diplomatic relations, commerce, migration, remittances, economic reforms, travel and tourism, and other areas. This roundtable explores the implications of the new chapter in US-Cuba relations.


“Impact on the Cuban Economy: Agriculture and Self-Employment.”
Mario González-Corzo
Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, Lehman College and Bildner Fellow

“Diaspora, Transnationalism, and Cultural Exchange.”
Albert Sergio Laguna
Associate Professor, Yale University

Mauricio Font
Professor and Director, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

OTHERS, to be announced

_MG_4280for fellowsMario A. González-Corzo (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lehman College, CUNY. His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments, the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, and Cuba’s banking and agricultural sectors.


picture-49-1405099997Albert Sergio Laguna is Assistant Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration and American Studies. His research and teaching interests include transnational Latino/a literatures and cultures, humor theory, performance studies, and the Cuban diaspora. His current book project, “Diasporic Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America,” examines the ways in which Cubans have mobilized the ludic to negotiate life off of the island and the complex generational and political shifts within the diaspora.


MfontMauricio Font (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York.


hilarybeckerHilary Becker (Ph.D., University of Havana) is Assistant Professor of Accounting at Carleton University. He has worked as an analyst with DuPont Inc., and has consulted for various organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Cuban government.