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April 2019 Event: Why Does Cuba Matter

cuban flag  Why Does Cuba Matter? 
Monday April 1st, 2019
2pm-3:30pm, COB 2, 392 
Supported by the UC Cuba Academic Initiative and the Department of Public Health, the Blum Center is proud to co-sponsor Why Does Cuba Matter, with Rafael Betancourt, PhD, Professor of Urban Economics, Colegio Universitario, San Geronimo de La Habana. 

Abstract: Recent transformations in the Cuban political and economic system for part of an alternative model of development to those currently existing in the region and other parts of the Global South. What are these 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?

Biography: Biography: Consultant for Sol2 Economics, a progressive consulting firm based in Berkeley, California, and The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), 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 contribucion de la Economía Popular y Solidaria (Editorial Caminos, La Habana, 2017), 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 (Ediciones Temas, La Habana, 2018). He has numerous published articles and is a frequent speaker in Cuba and the US on economics and tourism in Cuba. Born in Cuba and educated in the United States, he currently lives in Cuba and shares his time between the two countries.

Contact Nancy Burke for more information.