Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cuba at NAFSA 2011

The following information on Cuba related happenings at the upcoming NAFSA Annual Conference in Vancouver is reposted here on IHEC Blog with permission of John McAuliff, Executive Director at the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, who sent this message to his distribution list on matters related to Cuba: 

For the first time, two key people from the University of Havana will participate:

* Dr. Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez, Director of International Relations
* Dr. Mayra Heydrich, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities

Expo Booth 2207
US/Cuba People to People Partnership with information from C & T Tours, Cuba Educational Tours, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, Global Exchange, Holbrook Travel.  A contact point with the Cuban participants.

Tuesday, May 31

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion BC

Academic and Scholarly Relations with Cuba

Dr. John Coatsworth, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, provides a big-picture view of where Cuba stands in the international education community and of the international political context of educational exchange with Cuba.  $65 fee includes lunch.  Register here.


2 pm - 4 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion A

A panel discussion will follow the luncheon. A Cuban representative will discuss Cuba’s exchange profile and the purposes that Cuba seeks to achieve through these exchanges, and representatives from Canada, the United States, and Mexico will discuss their countries’ exchange relations with Cuba and what national purposes are served through these relationships. The seminar is open to all conference attendees.

Chair: Everett Egginton, PhD, Professor, College of Education, New Mexico State University
Panelist: Mayra Heydrich, PhD, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities, University of Havana; Catherine Schittecatte, Chair, Political Science Department and Global Studies Program, Vancouver Island University; The Honorable Lázaro Cárdenas, Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America Former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico; Eric Popkin, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Dean of Summer Programs, Colorado College

All registered attendees are welcome to participate in this seminar.


Wednesday June 1

Open Meetting, Knowledge Community, Education Abroad

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center, Room 214

Given that academic travel to Cuba from the United States has reopened, expand your network to include Cuban colleagues interested in exchanges.

Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez - University of Havana
Mayra Heydrich - University of Havana


LACSIG Annual Meeting

1:45 pm ­ 3:00 pm
Mackenzie 1 Room, Fairmount Waterfront Hotel

15 min. presentation by and discussion with Cuban participants; update on regulations


Thursday, June 2

5 - 6 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center, Room 214

Roundtable discussion on undertaking short term student and other educational programs in Cuba for third party providers and secondary schools using people to people licenses and higher education institutions with general licenses.  Resource persons from Cuba and current providers of licensed travel.  Update on regulations.

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