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Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
University of Miami
Preserving and Disseminating Cuban History and Culture
Preparing for Cuba’s Future
“Cover: Photos courtesy of Gustavo Araoz”
Annual Report
2011-2012
From the Director
As ICCAS enters its second decade, much has been accomplished. The Institute has
become the premier center for information and analysis on Cuba. Worldwide media
outlets, representatives of U. S. and foreign governments, and think tanks continuously
contact ICCAS to inquire about events on the island and our understanding of what’s
going on in Cuba.
Of particular importance has been the development of the Cuba Business Roundtable
(CRB) under the leadership of Jose Azel. The CRB is a special service to assist U.S.
corporations in preparing for investing and doing business in a future Cuba. ICCAS is
well prepared to respond to requests from U.S. corporations interested in Cuba.
During the past year the State of Florida selected ICCAS to research and help prepare
the State for changes in Cuba. In early 2013 we will be releasing a major study on the
opportunities for Florida as a supplier of products to the island and the employment
growth this will represent for the State.
Cuban Affairs, our quarterly electronic journal continues to publish articles on
economic, political and social issues focusing on contemporary Cuba. It includes
book reviews and a chronology of events for the quarter. As we enter the sixth year of
publication we are pleased with the quality of articles and the welcomed reception from
the academic community.
Our studies and publications receive significant favorable attention and the various
Cuba Transition Project (CTP) databases are being increasingly used and consulted. In
particular the Latell Report and our Focus on Cuba Reports have been cited repeatedly
by the media in stories about the island. The CTP Webpage is receiving more than 1
million hits yearly, many from Cubans in the island.
All publications produced by the CTP are being translated into Spanish and
disseminated not only in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, but more importantly
in Cuba with new and enhanced internet technology. This effort will be continued
during the next years. The CTP is penetrating Cuba’s information blockade and our
publications are being read increasingly in the island.
Casa Bacardi, ICCAS’ interactive cultural center, is continuously being visited by
numerous organizations and educational groups. Visitors from the community enjoy
films, art and photo exhibits, as well
as the music pavilion where Cuban
songs have been digitalized and are
available for listening in specially
equipped computer stations.
Teachers and school children of
all ages visit Casa Bacardi to learn
about Cuba’s history. Casa Bacardi hosts a number of lectures, seminars and book
presentations described in the following pages.
We are very pleased that Pedro Roig, Esq. former Director of the Office of Cuba
Broadcasting, has joined ICCAS as a Senior Research Associate. Pedro combines a vast
knowledge of Cuba and an extensive legal background. We welcome his presence and
contribution. Together with Pedro Roig, we welcome a new International Research
Scholar, Arturo Gamboa, a prominent Mexican businessman that will guide some of
our studies on business challenges and opportunities in a post-Castro Cuba.
I am particularly grateful for Manuel Jorge Cutillas’ continuous support. I appreciate
his help and friendship. I am also grateful to the Bacardi Company and the many
donors that are pledging their support for the Institute during the current University
fund-raising campaign. I appreciate the support received from the Goizueta
Foundation.
The continuous encouragement and backing of University administrators, especially
President Donna E. Shalala, Executive Vice President and Provost Tom LeBlanc, and
former Provost Luis Glaser, is greatly appreciated.
Last, but not least, I want to thank the ICCAS and CTP staff for their dedication,
loyalty and hard work. Without them we couldn’t have achieved what is described in
this report.
Jaime Suchlicki
November 2012
Introduction
The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies was
established by the University of Miami and approved by the
Faculty Senate in May 1999. The Institute reports directly to the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University
appointed Jaime Suchlicki, Emilio Bacardi Moreau Distinguished
Professor of History, as the founding Director of the Institute.
ICCAS sponsors academic and outreach programs and helps
coordinate Cuba-related activities at the University of Miami
including the Emilio Bacardi Moreau Chair, the Cuban Heritage
Collection at the Otto G. Richter Library, and other University
components related to Cuban and Cuban-American studies.
ICCAS offers non-credit courses on Cuban history and culture,
produces publications, and sponsors original research on specific
topics. During the summer, ICCAS offers an immersion program
and for credit course on Cuban studies for university students
from the University of Miami and throughout the U.S. The
Institute serves as the Secretariat for the Association for the
Study of the Cuban Economy, the most prestigious international
organization devoted to the study of the island’s economy. ICCAS
publishes Cuban Affairs, a quarterly electronic journal, Cuba
Focus, Cuba Facts, Cuba Brief, the Latell Report and Enfoque
Económico as well as monographs and reports. All publications
can be found on the Cuba Transition Project Webpage: http://ctp.
iccas.miami.edu
Programs and Activities
Objectives
The objectives of ICCAS are to preserve, teach, and disseminate the history and culture of Cuba; provide research and information about
contemporary Cuba, U.S.-Cuba relations, and Cuban-Americans; increase awareness and appreciation of Cuba nationally and internationally; and
to prepare for change in the island.
Casa Bacardi
Casa Bacardi, funded by a grant from the Bacardi Family Foundation, is a state-of-the-art interactive Cuban Cultural Center. It houses an
exhibition hall for art and other displays, a cinema for regular screenings of films and documentaries about the island, and a conference center.
It also has three pavilions: a music pavilion with computerized stations where students and visitors can listen to Cuban music and humor; an
information pavilion with computer terminals with access to Cuba On-Line, a comprehensive archive of Cuban history and contemporary
information; and the products pavilion, displaying traditional Cuban products with television sets that present short videos on rum, sugar, coffee,
and tobacco. Casa Bacardi opened on May 20, 2002.
Exhibits
“100cameras: Cuba Photography Exhibit” sponsored by the Bacardi Family Foundation. February 2012.
Educational Program for School Students
For elementary, middle and high school students from South Florida, Casa Bacardi highlights Cuba’s extensive history, art and music in a one-hour tour
featuring a short history film, a walk through current art exhibits, and two interactive sessions with ICCAS staff in our computerized music pavilion and
information centers. For students at university and college level, Casa Bacardi offers round table discussions with ICCAS researchers and staff about
conditions in Cuba and prospects for the future. The discussions can be customized to focus on particular topics, such as the economy, culture, health
care. Presentations are tailored to meet individual needs according to school curriculum goals and age of students.
APM Conservatory of the arts.
Susel Perez teaching students Cuban history.
The Cuba Transition Project
In existence for ten years, the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) studies and makes recommendations for the reconstruction of Cuba once the postCastro transition begins in earnest. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development until 2009, the CTP has prepared 38 studies
researching topics that cover a wide breadth of transition issues such as the role of the judiciary, recommendations for dealing with confiscated
properties, a framework to combat corruption, recommendations for the implementation of the rule of law, economic and financial institutions
to support a market economy, studies on relevant political transitions from both communist and fascist governments, as well as many others.
CTP also publishes Cuba Focus and Cuba Facts. Studies and reports are available in English, and Spanish. Spanish translations are distributed
in Cuba as is possible. The CTP maintains a Web Page that includes all of our publications. This Web Page is receiving over 1 million hits
yearly, many from Cuba.*
In addition to the studies the CTP develops and maintains several Internet free accessible databases:
1. Historical and current information on Cuba (Cuba On-Line)
2. Full-text articles on transition
3. Cuba’s principal laws and its legal system
4. Foreign investments in Cuba
5. Treaties and accords entered into by the Cuban government during the Castro era
6. Cuban political prisoners
7. Organizational Charts of Cuba’s political structure, including the National Assembly, the Communist Party, Ministry of the Interior
(MININT) and the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR).
The CTP also produces the following electronic publications:
• Focus on Cuba – A monthly analytical report addressing current events.
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Cuba Facts – Succinct fact sheets providing statistical data on key topics such as political structure, health, economy, education, nutrition,
labor, foreign investment, business, etc.
The CTP holds periodic video conferences with students, dissidents, independent journalists in Cuba. These can be seen in the CTP Web Page.
*All CTP publications, in various languages, are free and available to the public. The website can be located at: http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu
Electronic Publications
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Seminars and Conferences*
ICCAS is the Secretariat and helps coordinate the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) Annual
Meetings held in South Florida every August.
“De Disidencia a Resistencia y de Resistencia a la Republica.” Seminar held by El Directorio Democratico
Cubano to analyze the current situation of the civic resistance in the island and to commemorate the XX Anniversary
of El Directorio. October 23, 2010.
“El reto del ciberespacio: Las redes sociales y los medios digitales alteran el discurso político.” Conference held
by La Fundación Educativa Carlos M. Castañeda, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with
Alberto Arébalos, Roberto Chavarría, Carlos García, Julio G. Rebul Jr., and Rissig Licha. November 9, 2010.
Speakers at the Conference of la Fundacion
Educativa Carlos M. Castañeda.
“El reto de los medios electrónicos en el periodismo del Siglo XXI.” Conference held by la Fundación Educativa
Carlos M. Castañeda, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Speakers included Pedro Corzo,
Rui Ferreira, Nicolas Jiménez, and Gloria Leal. February 1, 2011.
“Radiografía latinoamericana: la libertad de prensa y la democracia.” Conference held by la Fundación
Educativa Carlos M. Castañeda, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Speakers included
Patricia Poleo, Wilfredo Cancio, Julio Muñoz, and Ricardo Trotti. March 1, 2011.
“The Bay of Pigs: Fifty Years Later” Seminar.
“The Impact of the Cuban Economic Policies on the Cuban Workforce.” Seminar held by the Committee for
Free Trade Unionism-CFTU on March 30-31, 2011.
“The Bay Of Pigs: Fifty Years Later.” Seminar sponsored by ICCAS and the Department of Political Science,
University of Miami. Presenters included José Azel, Ramon E. de Arrigunaga, Bruce Bagley, Rear Admiral
Thomas L. Brown II, Andy Gomez, Howard Jones, Brian Latell, Felix Rodriguez, Pedro V. Roig, and Jaime Suchlicki.
April 9, 2011.
“Taiwan as a Model for Cuba’s Future” Seminar organized by the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) and sponsored by the
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, with the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as the Keynote Speaker. February 11, 2012.
“Taiwan as a Model for Cuba’s Future” seminar
with Dr. Teh-fu Huang, Ray Mou, The Hon.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Jaime Suchlicki.
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Fifty Years Later” seminar organized by the Cuba Transition Project (CTP) in association
with The Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, sponsored by the Goizueta Foundation.
Presenters included The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, Jaime Suchlicki, Michael Dobbs, Svetlana Savranskaya, Alvaro
Alba, Brian Latell, Pedro Roig, Alcibiades Hidalgo with Oleg Vladiminovich Stepanov, Minister-Counselor of the
Russian Federation to the U.S. as the Luncheon Keynote Speaker. October 20, 2012.
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
“The Cuban Missile Crisis: Fifty Years Later”
Seminar with Hon. Carlos Gutierrez, Jaime
Suchlicki, Svetlana Savranskaya,
Michael Dobbs and Alvaro Alba.
Courses
“Cuba’s Past, Present and Future,” special courses held at Casa Bacardi with Jaime Suchlicki, Pedro Roig, Brian Latell, Andy Gomez, Jose Azel and
guest speakers offered three times a year, for the community. Non-Credit.
“Fidel Castro y El Proceso Político en Cuba,” special course offered by Pedro Roig, sponsored by Waste Management Inc. of Florida,
at Casa Bacardi. June 8-9, 2011.
“Fidel Castro y el Proceso Politico en Cuba.”
Special Course on Cuba offered by Pedro Roig.
Certificate Program in Cuban Studies
Vanessa Lopez, Andy Gomez, Jaime Suchlicki and Jose Azel.
Lectures/Panel Discussions*
“Latinoamérica: El Continente Desorientado” a lecture by Emilio E. Herrero.
Sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). November 2010.
“España le Canta a Cuba” a presentation by Emilio Cueto sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE).
December 2010.
“La Libertad en la Historia y los Peligros del Presente” a lecture by Armando P. Ribas, sponsored by The National Association of CubanAmerican Educators (NACAE). January 2011.
“Espías cubanos en Estados Unidos, Panel I.” Panel discussion with Pedro Corzo, Octavio Pérez, and Robert Macaulay
sponsored by el Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana Contra el Totalitarismo. January 2011.
“Sentir y Hacer/La Habana de los Años 40 y 50/La destrucción/El umbral del futuro” lecture by professor Nicolás
Quintana, sponsored by the National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). February 2011.
“Challenges of Economic Changes in Cuba” lecture by Carmelo Mesa Lago and Jorge Sanguinetty, with an introduction
by Jose Azel, in association with the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries and sponsored by the
Goizueta Foundation. March 2011.
“Espias cubanos en Estados Unidos, Panel II.” Panel discussion with Luis Fernández and Manolo Cereijo, sponsored by
El Instituto de la Memoria Histórica Cubana contra el Totalitarismo. March 2011.
Lecture by Professor Nicolas Quintana
sponsored by NACAE.
“Floridanos en Cuba, Cubanos en Florida” panel discussion with Rafael B. Abislaimán and Salvador Larrúa Guedes, moderated by
Armando F. Cobelo. Sponsored by the National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE) and La Fundación España-Florida
(500 Años). March 2011.
“The Failure of the Bay of Pigs” documentary and panel discussion by Pedro Roig, Ramon E. de Arrigunaga, Esteban Bovo Caras, Maximo
Cruz and Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia. April 2011.
“La Cultura Cubana en Miami” lecture by Olga Connor, sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE).
April 2011.
“La Futura Constitución de Cuba” lecture by Rogelio de la Torre, sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators. May 2011.
“Espias cubanos en Estados Unidos, Panel III” panel discussion with Andres Reinaldo, Eugenio Yanez, Angel Cuadra, and Miguel Cossio,
sponsored by El Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana contra el Totalitarismo. June 2011.
“De la Tricontinental al ALBA” panel discussion with Carmen Jaqueline Gimenez, Jose Antonio Colina, Pedro Corzo, and moderator Alexis
Ortiz. Sponsored by El Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana contra el Totalitarismo, El Centro de Estudios Politicos y Sociales de las Americas
and La Organización de Venezolanos Perseguidos Politicos en el Exilio. July 2011.
Lectures/Panel Discussions
continued
“Implications of Chavez’ Illness for Venezuela, Cuba and the United States” panel discussion with Vilma Petrash,
Pedro Roig and Susan Kaufman Purcell, moderated by Jaime Suchlicki. August 2011.
“La Compra de Propiedades en Cuba: Retos y Perspectiva” panel with Nicolas J. Gutierrez Alvarez, Antonio Zamora,
Jose Azel and moderated by Jaime Suchlicki. August 2011.
“Perspectivas Democraticas en Venezuela y Cuba” with panelists Pedro Mena, Ramon Jose Medina, Orlando
Gutierrez, and Vilma Petrash. September 2011.
Susan K. Purcell, Brian Latell, Pedro Roig
and Vilma Petrash.
“A 10 Años de la Carta Democratica Interamericana” with panelists Humberto de la Calle, Colombia’s ex Vice
President, Ariel Armony, and Guillermo Lousteau. Sponsored by the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, Center
for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami, Latin American and Caribbean Center-FIU and Diario las
Americas. September 2011.
“El Futuro de la Educacion en Cuba” lecture by Professor Graciella Cruz-Taura, sponsored by The National
Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). September 2011.
Panel discussion with Jose Azel, Antonio
Zamora, Nick Gutierrez and Jaime Suchlicki.
“Alba: Censura, Auto Censura y Control de la Informacion” with panelists Sergio Boffeli, Manuel Vazquez Portal,
Patricia Poleo, and Emilio Palacio, moderated by Alexis Ortis and presented by Pedro Corzo. Sponsored by
El Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana Contra el Totalitarismo, Centro de Estudios Politicos y Sociales de Las Americas
and VEPPEX- Venozolanos Perseguidos Politicos en el Exilio. September 2011.
“Memoria Historica del Periodismo Cubano” panel discussion with Marcos Antonio Ramos, Horacio Aguirre,
Abelardo Garcia-Berry, and Cesar Temes, with an invocation by Rev. Martin Añorga. Sponsored by El Colegio Nacional
de Periodista de Cuba en el Exilio. September 2011.
“Gozar, comer, partir: Los tres verbos que mas se conjugan en Cuba” lecture by Alejandro Rios, sponsored by
The National Association of Cuban-American Educators. October 2011.
Speakers at a panel discussion sponsored
by El Instituto de la Memoria Historica
Contra el Totalitarismo.
“Crisis de los Misiles: 1962-2011” panel discussion with Robert Macaulay, Juan Quintero Acuna, Octavio Perez,
Enrique Ros and Pedro Corzo. Sponsored by El Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana Contra el Totalitarismo.
October 2011.
“My Struggle Against Lies About Cuba” lecture by Professor Carlos M. N. Eire. Hosted by The Institute for Cuban
and Cuban-American Studies and The Cuban Heritage Collection of the UM libraries, sponsored by The Goizueta
Foundation. November 2011.
Lecture by Professor Carlos M.N. Eire with
Esperanza de Varona and Jaime Suchlicki.
Sponsored by the Goizueta Foundation.
Lectures/Panel Discussions continued
“El rol de las Fuerzas Armadas en la restauracion de la democracia en los paises del Alba” panel discussion with Jose Antonio
Colina, Mario Pazmino, Jorge Guzman Chaple, Roberto Amador, Hugo Achaá and Octavio Perez. Sponsored by El Instituto
de la Memoria Historica Cubana. January 2012.
“La Utilización Política de la Justicia” panel discussion with Juan Manuel Gonzales Rossi, Jose Benegas, Eloy Anzola,
Juan Carlos Calderon, and Carlos Sanchez Berzain, presented by Guillermo Lousteau. Sponsored by the Interamerican
Institute for Democracy, Latin American and Caribbean Center-FIU, and Diaro Las Americas. March 2012.
“Lessons of the Bay of Pigs” panel discussion with moderator Jose Azel and panelists Brian Latell and Pedro Roig. April 2012.
“The Cuban Visual Imagination in Exile” lecture by Ricardo Pau-Llosa. Sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American
Educators (NACAE). April 2012.
Lecture by Raul E. Chao sponsored by NACAE,
with Maria Acosta and Eduardo Zayas-Bazan.
“Los Retos de la Informacion en la Era Digital” panel discussion with Wilfredo Cancio-Isla and Ivette Leyva, sponsored by
The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). May 2012.
¿Por qué ha durado tanto el castrismo y que podemos esperar después? lecture by Jorge Sanguinetty, sponsored by
The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). June 2012.
“Energia y Ambiente” lecture by Raul Eduardo Chao, sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators
(NACAE). September 2012.
“El asesinato de reputacion como estrategia castrista” panel discussion with Juan Antonio Blanco, Uva de Aragon, Carlos
Alberto Montaner and Rafael Rojas, moderated by Pedro Roig, in association with the Cuban Research Institute, Florida
International University. Sponsored by the Goizueta Foundation. September 2012.
Panel discussion with Rafael Rojas, Pedro
Roig, Uva de Aragon and Juan A. Blanco
in association with the Cuban Research
Institute, FIU and sponsored by the
Goizueta Foundation.
“Anatomía de una revolución” panel discussion with Huber Matos Benitez and Pablo Pacheco Avila. Welcome by
Gerardo Martinez-Solanas and Jose Azel as moderator, in association with Cultivamos Una Rosa Blaca. September 2012.
“Por qué fracasará la reforma de Raúl Castro” lecture by Carlos Alberto Montaner, sponsored by the National Association
of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE).
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
Panel discussion with Jose Azel, Huber Matos,
Pablo Pacheco Avila and Gerardo MartinezSolanas in association with Cultivamos
Una Rosa Blanca.
Book Presentations*
“Moncada: A Cuban Story” by Paul Webster Hare. A novel set in contemporary Cuba. Presentation by the author and Andy Gomez. December 2010.
“Havana Harvest” by Robert Landori. A novel in the 1980s in Cuba. Presentation by the author and Jaime Suchlicki and Olga Connor. December 2010.
“Cuando el éxito es delito” by Alberto Valencia, sponsored by Alexandria Library. Denounces human rights violations in Ecuador. January 2011.
“Fray José de la Cruz, ESPI, El Padre Valencia. Su Vida y Sus Obras: Testimonios de Heroísmo” by Salvador Larrúa-Guedes. Sponsored by
El Municipio de Camagüey en el Exilio. January 2011.
“El Ocaso del Régimen que Destruyó a Cuba” by Juan F. Benemelis, Miguel A. Castillo and Efren Cordova and Diego Trinidad. Sponsored by the
Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID), presented by the authors and Jaime Suchlicki, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Rev. Marcos Antonio Ramos.
February 2011.
“Cuba: Mambises Nacidos en Otras Tierras” by Enrique Ros. Presentation by the author and Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Marcos A. Ramos, Alexis
Ortiz, Rev. Martin Añorga, and Horacio Aguirre, sponsored by Ediciones Universal. February 2011.
“Cuba: Desplazados y Pueblos Cautivos” sponsored by El Instituto de la Memoria Histórica Cubana contra el Totalitarismo with authors Pedro Corzo,
Idolidia Darias, and Amado Rodriguez. May 2011.
“Imágenes Habaneras II” by Gilberto F. Huguet presented by Azalea Carrillo and Jose Sanchez-Boudy. May 2011.
“Jimaguayu: La Guerra de Independencia Cubana” by Raul Eduardo Chao. Sponsored by Ediciones Universal and Herencia Cultural Cubana and
presentation by Jose Azel, Virgilio Beato and Carlos Alberto Montaner. June 2011.
“Encuéntrate en un Bosque Llamado Poesía” by Tina de Carlo, sponsored by Editorial de Hoy, and a musical program with singers Carmen Luisa Pinto
and Marina Ortis and Teresita Rivero pianist. June 2011.
“Los Dominicanos en la Independencia de Cuba” by Enrique Ros and Marcos A. Ramos. Presented by The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and
sponsored by the Consulate of the Dominican Republic and el Instituto de Investigaciones sobre la Cuenca del Caribe. June 2011.
“Havana Harvest” book by Robert
Landori presented by the author and
Olga Connor and Jaime Suchlicki.
Enrique Ros book presentation “Cuba:
Mambises Nacidos en Otras Tierras.”
Accompanied by Congresswoman
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Jaime Suchlicki.
“La Mujer del Coronel” book
presentation by Carlos Alberto Montaner,
sponsored by NACAE.
Presentation by Senator Marco Rubio
of the new edition of the book
“Contra Toda Esperanza”
by Armando Valladares.
Book Presentations
continued
“La Mujer del Coronel” a novel by Carlos Alberto Montaner. Book presentation and lecture sponsored by The Association of Cuban-American
Educators (NACAE). June 2011.
“Visiones de los Últimos Días y Otras Historias” by Jose M. Gonzalez-Llorente. Sponsored by Ediciones Universal and presented by Armando Alvarez
Bravo and Carlos Alberto Montaner. June 2011.
“El Intenso Aroma Del Café” by expolitical prisoner Carmina Trueba de Mestre. Sponsored by E & A Editions and presented by Eddy Arango,
Orlando Castro, Luisa Perez, Nicolas Perez and Vicente Echerri. July 2011.
“Contra Toda Esperanza” (new edition) by Armando Valladares. Sponsored by Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IIC), Latin American and
Caribbean Center-FIU, and Diario Las Americas. Presentation of the book by Senator Marco Rubio. August 2011.
“690 Vivencias de Terribles Pesadillas” by Antonio Diaz Sanchez. Sponsored by El Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana Contra el Totalitarismo,
presented by the author and Pedro Corzo, Julio Hernandez and Manuel Vazquez Portal. September 2011.
“Vicente García: El Incomprendido Mayor General Cubano” by Enrique Ros. Sponsored by Ediciones Universal and presented by Rev. Martin
Añorga, Antonio Calatayud, Rev. Marcos Antonio Ramos, Jose Sanchez-Boudy and Horacio Aguirre. October 2011.
“Crónicas de un Contra” by Adolfo Calero Portocarrero, President and Commander in Chief of the Nicaraguan Democratic Forces (la Contra).
Sponsored by Librería & Ediciones Universal and presented by Horacio Aguirre and Martin Calero. October 2011.
“Ernesto Che Guevara: Mítico Revolucionario o Fraude Histórico” by Marcos Alvarez. Presented by Jose M. Illan. November 2011.
Iglesia y Revolución En Cuba: Enrique Perez Serantes (1883-1968). El Obispo que “salvó a Fidel Castro,” by Professor Ignacio Uria from
Universidad de Navarra, Spain. Presented by the author and Father Richard Vigoa and Andy Gomez.
“Al Fin Conocí a mi Hijo” with author Alberto E. de Aragon and a panel including Eduardo Palmer, Elio Oliva and Juana Isa. November 2011.
“Batalla Contra El Eclipse.” A novel about the war in Iraq by Arnoldo Tauler. Presented by the author and Coronel Octavio Perez. December 2011.
Professor Ignacio Uria from Universidad de
Navarra, Spain, presented his book “Iglesia y
Revolucion en Cuba: Enrique Perez Serantes.”
Commentaries by Father Richard Vigoa
and Andy Gomez.
“Bacardi y la Larga Lucha por Cuba”
book presentation by Tom Gjelten,
interviewed by Jaime Suchlicki.
Presentation of Brian Latell’s book
“Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s
Intelligence Machine,” interviewed
by Jaime Suchlicki.
Susel Perez, Enrique Ros, Maria Urizar
and The Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Book Presentations
continued
“Expansionism: Its Effects on Cuba’s Independence” by Frank Villafaña. Presentation by the author and Armando
I. Gonzalez and Ramon C. Barquin. January 2012.
“Republican Cuba” by Raul Eduardo Chao. Sponsored by Dupont Circle Editions, Herencia Cultural Cubana,
and the National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE) Presented by Juan Manuel Salvat, Marcos
Antonio Ramos and Eduardo Zayas-Bazan. January 2012.
“El Legado Maligno: Despotismo y Dictadura en Latinoamérica” by Bolivian writer Eudoro Galindo Anze.
Sponsored by the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, Latin American and Caribbean Center- F.I.U. and Diario
Las Americas. February 2012.
“Caballeros Andantes: Los 101 libros que todos podemos leer en esta vida” by Alexis Ortiz. Presentation by
Virgilio Beato, Horacio Aguirre, Pedro Mena and Abel Ibarra. February 2012.
Presentation of Jose Ignacio Rasco’s
book “Acuerdos, Desacuerdos y
Recuerdos” with Silvia Pedraza and
Rev. Ernesto Fernandez-Travieso, S.J.
“Cubans: An Epic Journey. The Struggle of Exiles for Truth and Freedom” by Sam Verdeja and Guillermo I.
Martinez. Presentation by the editors and Jaime Suchlicki and Armando Codina. February 2012.
“Bacardi y la Larga Lucha por Cuba” by Tom Gjelten. The author was interviewed by Jaime Suchlicki. There
was also an exhibit of “100 cameras: Cuba Photography Exhibit” sponsored by the Bacardi Family Foundation.
February 2012.
“Castro’s Secrets: The Cia and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine” by Brian Latell. Interviewed by Jaime Suchlicki. April 2012.
“Amanecer en la Higuera: Los Secretos Tras la Muerte del Che Guevara” by Rafael Cerrato. Presentation
by Adriana Bianco, Pedro Corzo, and Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia. May 2012.
“Perfumes del Mar y Mis Recuerdos” a book of poems by Matilde L. Alvarez. Presentation by Jose Sanchez-Boudy
and Alexis Ortiz. June 2012.
Matilde Alvarez presenting her
book with Alexis Ortiz and
Jose Sanchez-Boudy.
“El Imperio de Fidel: Petróleo e Injerencia Cubana en Venezuela” by Venezuelan General Carlos Peñaloza. Presentation by Carlos Alberto Montaner
and Rafael Poleo. July 2012.
“La Ciencia de la Democracia” by Orlando Gutierrez. An essay published by the Iberoamerican Association for Liberty and the Spanish Community.
Sponsored by Directorio Democratico Cubano and presented by Pedro Roig, Juan Manuel Cao and Carlos Alberto Montaner. August 2012.
“Acuerdos, Desacuerdos y Recuerdos” by Jose Ignacio Rasco. Presentation by Pedro L. Guerra, Juan M. Salvat, Rev. Ernesto Fernandez Travieso,
S.J., Carlos Alberto Montaner, Silvia Pedraza and Uva de Aragon. September 2012.
“El Islam y la razón” by Efren Cordova. Presented by Horacio Aguirre, Virgilio Beato and Marcos Antonio Ramos. September 2012.
“Miami Medical Team: Protagonistas de un ideal” by Angel de Fana. Presentations by Tomas Garcia Fuste, Jose A. Albertini, Roberto Rodriguez Tejera
and Dr. Manuel A. Alzugaray. October 2012.
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
Concerts and Musical Events*
“Grandes Leyendas Musicales Cubanas: Un Proyecto De Historia Musical En Vivo.” A series of interviews
with prominent Cuban artists. Eloy Cepero interviewed Pedro Roman, Carlos Oliva, Flor de Loto, Frankie
Marcos, Nestor Torres, Danny Daniel, Enrique Chia, Virginia Alonso, Pablo and Luis Cano, Armando Pico
and Jose Le Matt, Familia Romeu and Manuel Soriano. Video recordings of these interviews can be found
in the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries.
“Mi Entrega,” concert by composer and pianist Daysi Celia Almirall. February 4, 2011.
Vicky Roig performing at the
“Guateque Musical Cubano.”
“Guateque Musical Cubano,” a night with the music of several outstanding composers performed by Vicky
Roig, Marilu Alba Luque, Oscar de Fontana, Jose Antonio Lopez, Gerardo Aguillon and Orlando Mesa,
sponsored by Waste Management, Inc. of FL. December 15, 2011.
“Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca,” concert by Carlos y Marta in commemoration of Jose Marti’s birthday.
January 28, 2012.
“Mi Entrega” Concert by
Daysi Celia Almirall.
Carlos Oliva interviewed by
Eloy Cepero as part of “Grandes
Leyendas Musicales Cubanas.”
Eloy Cepero interviewed pianist
Enrique Chia as part of “Grandes
Leyendas Musicales Cubanas.”
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
Pablo and Luis Cano interviewed by
Eloy Cepero for “Grandes Leyendas
Musicales Cubanas.”
Carlos and Marta in Concert.
Films/Documentaries*
“Miami Medical Team – Protagonistas De Un Sueño,” a documentary by Luis Guardia, Director and Manuela Guardia, Producer. March 24, 2011.
“Oscar’s Cuba: The Courage, Faith and Hope of One of Cuba’s Hidden Heroes,” produced by Jordan Allott. A documentary that highlights the
courage, faith and hope of Dr. Oscar Biscet and others working for democracy in the island. April 15, 2011.
“Waldo Balart en Concreto.” Directed and co-produced by Luis Deulofeu. A documentary on the life of painter and sculptor Waldo Balart presented
by Alejandro Rios and Olga Connor. December 13, 2011.
“Art & Politics/First Installment: Luisa Maria Güell: My Decision.” Produced and directed by Agustin Blazquez. February 2012.
*Unless noted all film/documentary screenings were held at Casa Bacardi.
Jordan Allott, producer of “Oscar’s Cuba: The Courage, Faith
and Hope of One of Cuba’s Hidden Heroes.”
*Unless noted all film/documentary screenings were held at Casa Bacardi
Documentary “Waldo Balart en Concreto” accompanied by
the Diaz-Balart family.
Special Events*
In October 2010 and January 2012 a group of cadets from the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, attended a three day seminar on Cuba
at ICCAS. Speakers included ICCAS staff and invited guests.
“Premio Literario Emilia Bernal,” presented to Angel Cuadra, sponsored by The National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE) and La
Fundación Emilia Bernal. December 2010.
“Cuba 2011: What to Expect” media briefing with The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, Brian Latell, Andy Gomez, Jose Azel and Jaime Suchlicki.
December 2010.
“VI Congreso del Partido Comunista de Cuba,” a simulation with Jaime Suchlicki, Brian Latell, Andy Gómez, José Azel, Camilo Loret de Mola, and
Vanessa López. March 2011.
“Infrastructure Assessment for a Transition in Cuba” sponsored by the Association of Cuban Engineers and the Cuban-American Association of Civil
Engineers. May 2011.
“Premio Herencia 2011.” Presentation of Premio Herencia and Member Emeritus Diploma to Jose Ignacio Rivero Hernandez. May 2011.
“The Role of the Cuban Woman in the History of Cuba” sixth annual Cuban Mosaic Exhibition and concert by Vicky Roig, organized by ICCAS and
Sponsored by the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners at the Stephen P. Clark Center, Miami. May 2011.
“Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!” A one-man play by Jay Alvarez on a true story about his family escape from Cuba by boat. May 2011.
“Homenaje al Dr. Ariel Remos,” sponsored by Diario las Americas, Interamerican Institute for Democracy, Instituto de la Memoria Historica Cubana
Contra el Totalitarismo and Colegio Nacional de Periodistas de Cuba en el Exilio. November 2011.
“Challenges to the U.S.: Iran, Cuba & Venezuela” lecture by The Honorable John R. Bolton. Introduction by Jaime Suchlicki, in collaboration with
the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries and sponsored by the Goizueta Foundation. January 2012.
“Iranian Policies” special presentation by Professor David Menashri. February 2012.
Citadel, The Military College of South
Carolina three-day Seminar at ICCAS.
“VI Congreso del Partido Comunista de
Cuba,” a simulation with ICCAS staff.
A one-man play by Jay Alvarez “Be
Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You.”
Lecture by the Honorable John R.
Bolton with Captain Robert C. Grant,
the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
and Captain Rick Kenin.
Special Events
continued
“Cuba Infrastructure Challenge 2012.” Student Presentation Event sponsored by The Cuban-American
Association of Civil Engineers and The Association of Cuban Engineers. February 2012.
Israel Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) special lecture by Ambassador
Mattanya Cohen, Director of the Training Department of MASHAV in association with The Consulate
General of Israel, Enterprise Florida, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. February 2012.
“U.S.Policy Toward Cuba” lecture by The Honorable Bill Richardson. Welcome by Brian Latell, in
collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries and sponsored
by the Goizueta Foundation. April 2012.
“Cuadernos Nueva Cuba.” Presentation of the first Cuadernos de Nueva Cuba by Humberto Lopez
Morales, sponsored by La Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE) , Herencia Cultural
Cubana, Pen Club de Escritores Cubanos en el Exilio, The National Association of Cuban-American
Educators (NACAE), Instituto Cutural Rene Ariza (ICRA) and The Cuban Heritage Collection of the
University of Miami Libraries. “Premio Herencia 2012”was presented to Humberto Lopez Morales.
May 2012.
“Women in Cuban History” seventh annual Cuban Mosaic Exhibition organized by ICCAS and
Sponsored by the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners at the Stephen P. Clark Center, Miami.
May 2012.
Premio Literario Emilia Bernal,” presented to Gustavo Perez Firmat, sponsored by The National
Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE) and La Fundación Emilia Bernal. May 2012.
Lecture by the Honorable Bill Richardson
with Jaime Suchlicki, Brian Latell and
Jose Azel.
Exhibition “Women in Cuban History”
sponsored by the Miami-Dade Board
of County Commissioners.
“The 2012 Elections: What to Expect.” A discussion with The Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez, in
collaboration with The Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, and sponsored
by the Goizueta Foundation. August 2012.
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
*Unless noted all events were held at Casa Bacardi
“The 2012 Elections: What to Expect,”
by the Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez
with Horacio Garcia, Pedro Roig,
Jaime Suchlicki and Danny Diaz-Leyva.
Occasional Publications
The Latell Report – a monthly report analyzing Cuba’s contemporary
domestic and foreign policy. Written by Brian Latell, Senior Research
Associate at ICCAS and formerly National Intelligence Officer for Latin
America.
Cuba Brief
Cuban Affairs Journal – a quarterly, peer reviewed, electronic journal,
publishes articles on economic, political, and social issues on contemporary
Cuba. It is a dynamic and informative publication representing a variety of
points of view on Cuba and the Cuban-American community. The Journal
includes book reviews and a chronology of events in Cuba for the quarter.
Cuba Brief
Cuban Affairs website can be located at: http://www.cubanaffairsjournal.org
The Latell Report
Cuban Affairs Journal
Information
Web Page
CTP Staff
ICCAS web page is accessible at: www.miami.edu/iccas
CTP web page is accessible at: http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu
Jaime Suchlicki
Director
Institute Staff
Susel Perez
Project Coordinator
Jaime Suchlicki
Director
María del Carmen Urizar
Office Manager/Assistant to the Director
Jose Azel
Senior Research Associate/Director-Cuba Business Roundtable
Andy Gomez
Senior Fellow
Brian Latell
Senior Research Associate
Pedro Roig
Senior Consultant
Arturo Gamboa
International Research Scholar
The Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez
Non-Resident Scholar
Mario Gonzalez Corzo
Non-Resident Research Associate
Sherri Porcelain
Non-Resident Research Associate
Marcos Antonio Ramos
Non-Resident Research Associate
Ignacio Uria
Non-Resident, Senior Research Associate
Jennifer Hernandez
Research Assistant
Cuban Affairs Journal, Staff
Jaime Suchlicki
Editor
Susel Perez
Assistant Editor
Juan del Aguila
Book Review Editor
Advisory Board*
Manuel Jorge Cutillas, Chair
Alvaro Alba
Danny Diaz-Leyva
Viry Escribano
Enrique Falla
George Feldenkreis
Horacio Garcia
Carlos Gutierrez
Orlando Gutierrez
Rafael Kravec
Richard Kuper
Herbert Levin
Elena Maribona
Eduardo Sardiña
*ICCAS acknowledges with thanks the work and support of its distinguished Advisory Board.
Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248174
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-3010
E-mail: [email protected]

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