Symposium to Address the Future of Cuba-U.S. Relations

Event: The Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) in the College of Liberal Arts will host the symposium "Shared Visions for Cuba-U.S. Relations" at The University of Texas at Austin.

When: Jan. 29-30

Where: The Texas Union. A campus map is available online.

Background: The two-day symposium brings scholars, policy makers and industry professionals together to explore the future of Cuba-U.S. relations under President Barack Obama. Presentation topics include trade relations, technology, tourism, energy policy, economic development and educational exchanges.

Speakers include:

  • Ramon Barquin, president and CEO, Barquin International;
  • Ruben Bonilla, chairman, Port Commission of the Port of Corpus Christi;
  • Jonathan Brown, professor of history and associate director of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies;
  • John Dalton, executive vice president, Mustang;
  • Rodney Ellis, Texas state senator;
  • Kenneth Flamm, professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs,;
  • Manuel Garcia, associate director of the Construction Industry Institute, Cockrell School of Engineering;
  • Terri Givens, associate professor and vice provost for international relations for The University of Texas at Austin;
  • Charles Groat, professor and interim dean, Jackson School of Geosciences;
  • Jorge Pinon, fellow, Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami;
  • Bryan Roberts, professor of sociology and director of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies;
  • Rafael Rojas, professor, Centro de Investigacion y Docenia Economicas, Mexico;
  • Cesar Salgado, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese;
  • Wayne Smith, fellow, Center for International Policy;
  • Todd Staples, Texas commissioner of agriculture;
  • J.J. Suarez, president and CEO, CSA Group;
  • Julia Sweig, director for Latin American Studies, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations;
  • John Parke Wright, chairman, J. P Wright and Company;
  • Antonio Zamora, attorney, Squire, Sanders and Demsey, LLP.

The symposium is free and open to the public. More information about the symposium is available online or by phone at 512-232-2409.

Co-sponsors include the Construction Industry Institute of the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Center for International Business and Education Research in the McCombs School of Business, the Jackson School of Geosciences, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Office of the Provost.