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The Cuban Revolution at 60

International Conference

Halifax, Canada

31 Oct - 02 Nov, 2019




Forty internationally renowned Cuba scholars, policy-makers and policy analysts 
will gather at Dalhousie University in Halifax this fall to take the measure of 
“The Cuban Revolution at 60.”


All sessions will be open to the public, and free.


The three-day symposium (October 31–November 2) will be highlighted by 
addresses by two of the key players in the historic 2014 re-opening of 
relations between Cuba and the United States. Josefina Vidal, now Cuba’s 
ambassador to Canada and then Cuba’s chief negotiator with the Americans, and 
Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the first US ambassador to Cuba following the renewal of 
relations, will each offer personal reflections on what happened then, and what 
isn’t happening now.


Attendees will also learn the results of the very latest research into a 
controversial and mysterious ailment reported by some US and Canadian diplomats 
in Cuba. Dr. Alon Friedman, a ground-breaking neuroscientist at the Dalhousie 
University Brain Repair Centre who recently led a multidisciplinary study into 
the so-called “Havana Syndrome” for Global Affairs Canada, will present his 
findings at the conference.


Leading Cuba specialists from Cuba, the UK, Latin America, Europe, the United 
States and Canada will also participate in a series of panels to assess the 
successes and challenges of the Cuban economy, Cuba-US relations and Cuba’s 
international relations. Other panels will focus on climate change and 
ecological challenges facing the island, as well as social change, including 
issues of race, gender (in)equity, health and sexual diversity.


“This year not only marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution,” notes 
John Kirk, an internationally renowned Cuba scholar and one of the organizers 
of the event, “but it is also a time of historic transformation on the island: 
leadership change, constitutional reform, and a complex process of economic 
developments. We believe this is a good opportunity to discuss the progress 
Cuba has made over the past 60 years and perhaps more importantly, to analyze 
current developments.”


Support for “The Cuban Revolution at 60” is generously provided by the Ford 
Foundation, the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, WOLA, Dalhousie University, 
CUPW, Saint Mary’s University, the Office of the Mayor (Halifax), the Canadian 
Network on Cuba and NSCuba, among others.

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