Agribusiness Challenges and Opportunities for the United States and Cuba, Symposium

The symposium, “Agribusiness Challenges and Opportunities for the United States and Cuba” took place Monday, July 18 at AU’s Washington College of Law. This one-day symposium featured Cuban and US experts from a broad array of trade-related specialties. It provided a unique learning opportunity for those in business or government who are interested in future US-Cuba commerce, investment, and finance policy. 


Center for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century

The UF Center for Latin American Studies 66th Annual Conference took place from March 30 - April 1, 2017. The conference, Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century, featured presentations from diverse perspectives relating to the relations between Cuba and the United States. Conference panelists represented a wide array of expertise, including academics working in agriculture, business, trade, natural resources and the environment, economics, the arts, humanities, and the social sciences.

View the Conference Program.

A playlist with conference videos is available here.


Workshop on Academic Engagement with Cuba

UF's Center for Latin American Studies, Cuba Program, International Center, IFAS, and Warrington College of Business hosted a workshop on Academic Engagement with Cuba on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, from 3-5 pm in the Bryan Hall Auditorium. Center Director Philip Williams moderated the workshop, and panelists included: Dr. Fred Royce, Academic Manager, UF-University of Havana Cooperative Agreement; Dr. Lillian Guerra, Waldo W. Neikirk Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History; Bill Messina, Agricultural Economist, Department of Food and Resource Economics; and Dr. Tom Frazer, Director, School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Video of the workshop is available here.


Artist and writer Coco Fusco joins UF’s School of Art + Art History

The University of Florida College of the Arts is pleased to announce that interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco will join the faculty of the School of Art + Art History as a professor and Andrew Banks Family Endowed Chair in January 2016. Fusco has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world for nearly three decades. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity. Working in a variety of formats, she has staged multimedia productions incorporating large-scale projections, closed-circuit television, web-based live streaming performances with audience interaction, as well as performances at cultural events that actively engage with visitors.

“This position offers me a wonderful opportunity to join a vibrant intellectual and creative community and to advance my own research on contemporary Cuban culture,” said Fusco.

Her new book, “Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba,” will be published in October 2015 by Tate Publications in London.


16th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas
Monday, May 11, 2015
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Cuba was the focus of the 16th annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas on May 11, at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) and UF's Center for Latin American Studies.

Conference presenters included a variety of legal scholars, practitioners, and government officials, and included Julia Sweig, formerly the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies and Director for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; Stephen Zack, past president, American Bar Association; Antonio Zamora, Miami attorney; John Caulfield, former Chief of Mission of the U.S. Interests Section to Cuba; and José R. Cabanas, Chief of the Cuban Interest Section, Washington, DC.

In addition to discussing current issues regarding Cuba-US relations, the conference featured presentations about UF activities in Cuba, including work of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Specific panels examined issues in the areas of Legal Education, Environment and Agriculture, and Trade and Investment. "As Cuba continues to be a major topic for discussion in the United States and especially in Florida, we felt it was time to become acquainted with the issues and activities involved," said Jon Mills, CGR Director and law school Dean Emeritus." The Center for Governmental Responsibility plans to hold its 2016 conference in Havana, hosted by the University of Havana Faculty of Law.