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Thursday, November 14th

at the Squantum Association

Join us for a conversation on Cuba


Richard McIntyre


Humberto Miranda Lorenzo

Cuba's place in the world is singular. Its history of the aristocracy of importers and foreign landowners who prevailed from 1902-1959, and relations with some key Latin American countries, shed light on what "normalization of relations" between the US and Cuba might mean. The Obama administration’s opening as regime change by other means, came alongside a retreat from US intervention in Cuban domestic affairs. The Trump era, brings an uncertain reversal.

The Cuban economic "model" is widely perceived (in the USA) to have failed. The actual record is mixed and one might ask what the recent events in Chile - the golden child of neo-liberalism - say about what it means to fail. With lessons learned, a post-Castro regime, and changing attitudes and geopolitics, there’s interesting opportunities on the horizon. 

About our speakers

Richard McIntyre is Professor in the Dept. of Economics at the University of Rhode Island and has been Department chair since 2015. He directed the URI Honors program (2006-2013) and co-directs the URI in Cuba program, which includes a January term short course, a spring semester program in conjunction with the Institute of Philosophy in Havana, and scholarly exchanges. He also co-directs the International Studies and Diplomacy major and edits the New Political Economy book series for Routledge Press.

McIntyre’s research is in international and comparative political economy, especially as related to labor relations and labor standards.  He teaches Competing Economic Traditions and Globalization and National Economies for undergraduate students and Global Political Economy of Work and Social Welfare for graduates. He has lectured at many universities in Europe and the USA. In Spring 2017 he was awarded the chair of the Americas a
t Université Rennes II in France.

Humberto Miranda Lorenzo, Doctor in Philosophy. Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in Havana, Cuba with 33 years of experience. Miranda studies Economic Democracy, Globalization, Social Movements, Latin American Politics and Society, Cuban History, Economy, Politics and Society and U.S-Cuba relations.
He has published in books and journals both in Cuba and abroad and has made a number of videos based on his research and study abroad programs.

Humberto has directed study abroad programs for US universities in Cuba since 2000. He has been a guest lecturer and taught courses in universities all over the US. He was Visiting professor at the College of Charleston (2011-2014) and Visiting professor at University of Rhode Island (2016 up to date)

In 2018 Miranda was honored with the Key of the City by the Mayor of Savannah, Georgia, for his contributions to Armstrong State University.


The Squantum Association


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East Providence, Rhode Island


6:00-7:00 PM Social Hour


Heavy Hors d'oeuvres Reception

Cash Bar

7:00 PM Presentation

8:15 PM Adjourn


WACRI  Members $35

Non-Members $40

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