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Why Does Cuba Matter?

April 11, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a talk with Rafael J. Betancourt, Professor of Urban Economics at the Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana, who will talk about Why Does Cuba Matter? The talk will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 6:15 PM to 8 PM in room 802 of the International Affairs Building (420 West 118th Street). 


Recent transformations in the Cuban political and economic system form part of an alternative model of development to those currently existing in the region and other parts of the Global South.  What are the main changes?  What model of socialism is being crafted in Cuba and what are its perspectives?  What can it contribute to other countries if it succeeds?


Rafael J. Betancourt has a graduate degree in economics from the University of Florida and a MS in Urban and Regional Planning from USPJAE in Havana, Cuba.  He is a Professor of Urban Economics at the Colegio Universitario San Gerónimo de La Habana and Editor of the Revista TEMAS, Cuba’s leading social science and humanities journal.  He is a consultant to SOL2 Economics based in Berkeley, California, and The Center for Responsible Travel, a non-profit organization devoted to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism.  Professor Betancourt is the author of Construyendo socialismo desde abajo: La contribución de la Economía Popular y Solidaria and co-author with Martha Honey, Jannelle Wilkins and José Luis Perelló of Por el Mar de las Antillas: 50 años de turismo de cruceros en el Caribe.  He has numerous articles published and is a frequent speaker in Cuba and the US on economics and tourism in Cuba.   Born in Cuba and educated in the US, he currently lives in Cuba and divides his time between the two countries.


April 11, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


802 International Affairs Building
420W 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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