CENTER FOR CUBAN STUDIES
Sandra Levinson, Executive Director
The Center for Cuban Studies was opened in New York City in 1972. It maintains an up-to-date library of Cuban books and periodicals; offers a wide-ranging educational and cultural program, including several publications; organizes professional study tours to Cuba, and serves as a general information center.
The Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt membership organization. Information
on membership and activities may be obtained by writing the Center, 220
East 23rd Street, New York, New York, 10010.
COMMITTEES FOR THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CUBA
SANDRA LEVINSON, Center for Cuban Studies, Coordinator
GORDON ADAMS, Rutgers University
JOHNNETTA COLE, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
RICHARD FAGEN, Stanford University
HAL AYERSON, National Lawyers Guild
MARIFELI PEREZ-STABLE, State University of New York, Old Westbury
BARBARA WEBB, Queens College
THE REV. DR. WILLIAM WIPFLER, National Council of Churches
JOSE YGLESIAS, writer
ANNICK PIANT, Center for Cuban Studies, Coordinator
PAULA DI PERNA, author, Complete Travel Guide to Cuba
FRANCES KISSLING, Board of Directors, Center for Cuban Studies
The Conference Registration Desk is located in the Cloister Lounge of Riverside Church, which is reached by entering Riverside at the Claremont Avenue entrance.
All Conference registrants are asked to wear their badges at all times.
Entrance to the panels is with your badge and the ticket for that particular
panel. If you wish to attend a panel for which you have no ticket, you
can obtain one at the Registration Desk, space permitting. [Only panel
participants and Conference workers may enter the various panels without
José Arañaburo García, Secretary of the
National Assembly of Popular Power.
Raúl Roa Kouri, Cuba's Permanent Representative to the
United Nations since 1978, was born in Havana in 1936. He studied social
science and public law at the University of Havana, and social psychology
at Columbia University. At the beginning of the revolution, he served as
minister-councillor at the Cuban Embassy in Santiago de Chile and was then
named alternative representative to the United Nations, 1959-60. He was
Cuban Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1961 to 1963 and Ambassador to
Brazil, 1963-64. From 1964 to 1967 he was director of foreign trade policy
at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, and from 1967 to 1970 was director-general
at the Ministry for Food Industry. He became Permanent Secretary of CMEA
(Council for Mutual Economic Assistance) in 1970, a post he held for five
years. In 1975 he was named Senior Political Adviser to Vice-President
Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, and worked with Carlos Rafael until becoming U.N.
Ramón Sánchez-Parodi Montoto, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., was born in 1938. Although trained as an industrial engineer, Sánchez-Parodi began to work with the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX) in the Latin America area at the beginning of the revolution and worked there until 1961.
He worked as a journalist for Combate and Hoy 1961-62, and then
worked for six years in the department of international relations of the
Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party. From 1968 to 1977 he worked
in MINREX in the area of international organizations and with the division
of U.S. Affairs. He was named head of the Interests Section when the U.S.
and Cuba opened this first level of diplomatic exchange in September, 1977.
This is Sánchez-Parodi's first permanent assignment abroad, although
he has traveled frequently to Latin America, Europe and Africa and as part
of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations.
Pedro Serviat Rodriguez, was born in Havana in 1914. He is currently
associated with the Institute of the History of the Communist Party and
the Socialist Revolution in Cuba, and is publishing a multi-volume definitive
history of the Black experience in Cuba. Serviat fought against both the
Machado and the Batista dictatorships and has a long history of activity
as a trade union educator. Known as revolutionary and historian, he is
the author of numerous articles on the Cuban labor movement and Cuban Black
history. He is currently on a lecture tour of the United States sponsored
by The Black Scholar.
Tomas Gutiérrez Alea, distinguished film director, Cuban
Institute of Cinema Art and Industry (ICAIC), was born in Cuba in 1928,
received his law degree from the University of Havana and subsequently
studied filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome in 1951-53. During
the struggle against Batista he worked with Cine-Revista, a "guerrilla"
newsreel organization. With the triumph of the revolution, he was one of
two Cubans with advanced prior training in the art of filmmaking. His best
known films include The Last Supper (1976), A Cuban Fight Against
the Demons (1971), Memories of Underdevelopment (1976), Death
of a Bureaucrat (1966), and The Twelve Chairs (1962). His latest
film, The Survivors (1979), will be shown at the conference.
Alfredo García Almeida, Cuban Mission to the United States.
Félix Beltrán, President of the Plastic Arts Section
of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and president
of the Cuban National Committee of the International Art Association (UNESCO)
was born in Cuba in 1938. He received degrees from the School of Visual
Arts and the American Art School in New York City, where he also attended
the New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute and the Art Students
League. In 1965-1966, he attended the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid,
He has received nearly 100 national and international awards, has had 50
one-man exhibitions around the world, and has participated in more than
300 collective exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collections
of 46 museums. He is an active participant in numerous international associations
devoted to art and design, and has written a great deal on design. In 1975,
he was awarded Cuba's National Fine Arts Order for his achievements in
Juan A. Blanco Gil, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Havana.
Edmundo Desnoes, novelist, essayist, short story writer, art
and photographic critic, filmmaker, best known in the U.S. as author of
del Subdesarrollo. Born in Havana in 1930, Desnoes published his first
book of stories and poems when he was 22, Todo está en el fuego.
He lived for several years in New York City before the revolution,
where he worked as editor of a Latin American magazine. Shortly after the
revolution, he returned to Cuba and began working as editor and art critic.
His first novel, No hay problema, was published in 1961 and two
others, Memorias and El cataclismo appeared in 1965. A number
of his essays were published in 1967 under the title Punto de vista.
He worked with the magazine Casa de las Américas, Cuba, and
for several years with the Comisión de Orientación Revolucionaria.
Currently he works in the educational films department of the Ministry
of Education, and this fall is a visiting professor at Dartmouth College
in New Hampshire.
Miguel Dotres León, has served as the adviser to Humberto Pérez, director of JUCEPLAN (junta Central de Planificación) since 1978. For two years before that he was the central director of planning for JUCEPLAN, and from 1973 to 1976 worked with the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party as economics adviser. Author of numerous monographs on national economic planning in Cuba, and on the theoretical and practical problems of the Cuban economy, he is also the author of El balancia intersectorial estático (1975), published by the Instituto del Libro in Havana.
Born in 1934, Dotres is a graduate in economics from the University
of Havana and worked with the I nstituto de Economia of the University
of Havana, from 1962 to 1973, in a variety of capacities, including that
of director of postgraduate studies, and head of the department of planning.
Dr. Celestino Alvarez Lajonchére, born in Cuba in 1916,
is an obstetrician-gynecologist and works with the Institute for Health
Development, Cuban Ministry of Public Health. He has practiced medicine
since 1944 and before the revolution had his own clinic. Lajonchére
has published many articles and given numerous lectures in the fields of
obstetrics-gynecology, public health, and, recently, sex education. He
has participated in numerous international conferences in these areas around
the globe, and was president of the Organizing Commission of the Eighth
Latin American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Havana in 1976.
In June of this year he served as visiting technical advisor on sex education
to the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Panama.
Sergio Martínez Barroso, Cuban Interest Section, Washington
Nancy Morejón, distinguished Cuban poet and writer, was
born in Havana in 1944, and graduated from the University of Havana in
French literature. She has published several volumes of verses, including
Trajó su Flauta y Otros Argumentos (1967), Amor, Ciudad Atribuida
Mutismos (1962). Her scholarly works include Recopilacíon
de Textos sobre Nicolás Guillén
(1974), a collection
of documents related to Cuba's national poet, and Lengua de Pájaro,
Comentarios Reales (1971), an ethno-historical monograph about the
mining region of Nicaro. She works with Nicolás Guillén at
the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC).
René J. Mujica Cantelar, Cuban Interest Section, Washington
Manuel Moreno Fraginals, economist, historian and author, is
best known for his book The Sugarmill, which presents a concise
history of the sugar industry in Cuba. He has also authored numerous articles
on sugar for the technical and lay press. Prior to his work in sugar economics,
he had spent ten years in Venezuela and the Caribbean working in sales
promotion, advertising and, at one point, in the establishment of a chain
of radio stations. Recently, he served as invited lecturer in sugar economics
at Columbia University.
The Hon. Ronald V. Dellums (D-Calif.)
Dellums has served as representative from California's 8th Congressional District since 1971. As vice-chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he has been particularly active in trying to build community power. The 44-year-old Dellums has led the congressional fight against the huge U.S. military budget; chairs the armed services committee panel dealing with the problem of Vieques in Puerto Rico; has introduced a comprehensive health care bill, as well as legislation dealing with women's rights, youth and unemployment.
Dellums has traveled to Cuba and met with President Fidel Castro and
recently met with him again in October when President Castro came to New
York City to address the United Nations. Dellums is a leading proponent
of normalization of relations with Cuba.
Gordon Adams, Dept. of Political Science, Rutgers University/Council
on Economic Priorities, New York City,
Eqbal Ahmad, fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; editor, Afrique-Asie
and Race and Class
(London); author, National Liberation
José A. Alvarez, Puerto Rican Socialist Party.
Electa Arenal, College of Staten Island (CUNY)/Bunting Institute
of Radcliffe College..
Max Azicri, Dept. of Political Science, Edinboro State College,
Edinboro, Pa., has written widely on the role of Cuban women and on Cuban
Carollee Bengelsdorf, Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.
Noel Blackman, President, Shore Lobster and Shrimp Co., New York
Cole Blasier, Dept of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh;
co-editor (with Carmelo Mesa-Lago), Cuba in the World (1979).
Edward Boorstein, economist, New York City; author of The
Economic Transformation of Cuba
(1968), worked with the Cuban government
in the early 1960's.
Robert Borosage, Director, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington,
D.C.; co-author of The Lawless State, co-editor of The CIA File.
Philip Brenner, Dept. of Political Science, University of Maryland,
Baltimore County; Institute for Policy Studies. Co-editor, Exploring
Contradictions: Political Economy in the Corporate State (1974); author,
Collaboration: The Real World of Congress (forthcoming).
Rodolfo Broullón, President, Unifilm, distributor of Cuban
films in the United States.
The Honorable Margaret Burnham, judge, Boston, Mass.
Julianne Burton, University of California, Santa Cruz, is the
author of numerous articles on Cuban and Latin American cinema and is an
editor of jump Cut.
Terry Cannon, The Daily World, New York; co-author (with
Johnnetta Cole) of Free and Equal: The End of Racial Discrimination
in Cuba (1978) and author of Revolutionary Cuba to be published
in the spring, 1980.
James W. Carty, Dept. of Communications, Bethany College, Bethany,
West Virginia, author of
Cuban Communications: Comunlcación y
Lourdes Casal, Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers University, Newark
and an editor of Areito magazine; author of El Caso Padilla:
Literatura y Revolución en Cuba (1972), Los Fundadores: Alfonso
(1973), co-author, The Cuban Minority in the U.S. and Contra
Viento y Marea (1978); member of the "Committee of 75."
Robert Chrisman. editor, The Black Scholar magazine.
Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Senior Minister, Riverside Church.
Robert Cohen, poet and essayist, author of Rebelión
en Estados Unidos (1969) and There is a Country (1978); coordinator
of the Puerto Rico Legal Project in New York City, active with the New
York Committee on Nicaragua.
Johnnetta B. Cole, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst; contributor to
The Black Scholar; co-author (with Terry
Cannon) of Free and Equal: The End of Racial Discrimination in Cuba
Margaret Crahan, Dept. of History, CUNY; co-editor, Africa and the Caribbean: the Legacies of a Link.
Paula Di Perna.
Jorge Dominguez, Dept. of Government, Harvard University; author
of Cuba: Order and Revolution (1978) and Enhancing Global Human
Michael Erisman, Chairman, Dept. of Political Science, Mercyhurst
College, Eric, Pa., is the author of numerous articles on Latin America
and on the non-aligned nations movement.
Patricia Weiss Fagen, Dept. of History, San Jose State University,
San Jose, California/Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
Richard Fagen, Dept. of Political Science, Stanford University;
author of Cubans in Exile (with Richard Brody); The Transformation
of Political Culture in Cuba (1969), and numerous other books and articles,
including many on Cuba.
Philip S. Foner, Dept. of History, Lincoln University, Pa., author
of Antonio Maceo (1977), A History of Cuba and its Relations
with the United States (1962), The Spanish-Cuban-American War
Geoffrey Fox, U.N. Representation, World Federation of Trade
Unions; author of Workinq Class Emigres from Cuba (1979).
Constance Garcia-Barrio, teaches literature at the University
of Connecticut and has written several articles on the black presence in
Mariana R. Gastón works with the Brigada Antonio Maceo
and the Committee of 75 in New York City.
Margaret Gilpin, A.C.S.W., Dept. of Community Health, Albert
Einstein College of Medicine; coordinator of Psychosocial Education, Residency
Program in Social Medicine, Montifiore Hospital and Medical Center, has
worked with health workers' exchange program between Cuba and the U.S.
Manuel Gomez, Hunter College, CUNY; Cuban-American Committee
for the Normalization of Relations with Cuba; author of At Work in Copper
Janice Gordils, teaches literature in the Dept. of Puerto Rican
Studies of Fordham University, New York City.
John A. Graham U.S. Mission to the United Nations; advisor in
African and Non-Aligned Affairs Dept.
Bertram Gross, Dept. of Political Science, Hunter College, is
the author of numerous books and articles on U.S, politics.
Jill Hamberg, State University of New York, Old Westbury, Iived
and worked in Chile and is doing research on Cuban planning.
C. Richard Hatch, teaches at the New Jersey School of Architecture.
Maria Christina Herrera, teaches at Miami-Dade Community College
in Coral Gables and is the director of the Instituto de Estudios Cubanos.
Jim Higgins, teaches in the School of journalism, Boston University
and for many years was the editor of the York (Pa.) Gazette.
Lennox Hinds is a New York attorney, former director of the National
Conference of Black Lawyers, and recently prepared a report to the United
Nations on the infringement of human rights in the United States.
Eric Holtzman teaches biology at Columbia University; author
of Cells and Organelles.
John R. Howard, Dept. of Sociology, State University of New York,
Purchase; author of The Cutting Edge: Social Movements and Social Change
in America, The Awakening Minorities, and co-author of Life Styles
in the Black Ghetto.
Lemuel Johnson, Dept. of English, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor; author of Blacks in Hispanic Literature (1975), Hand on the Novel
(1978), Highlife for Caliban (1973), and The Devil, the Gargoyle
and the Buffoon: the Negro as Metaphor in Western Literature (19 71).
Kirby Jones, head of Alamar Associates, a Washington-based consulting
firm which has arranged for hundreds of U.S. businessmen to visit Cuba;
co-author (with Frank Mankiewicz) of With Fidel,
based on lengthy
interviews with Fidel Castro.
Peter Juviler teaches political science at Columbia University
and has studied extensively Soviet law.
Frances Kissling served as coordinator of the recent Abortion
Rights Action Week and works in the field of reproductive health.
Franklin W. Knight, Dept. of History, Johns Hopkins University,
author of Slave Society In Cuba during the 19th Century (1970), African
Dimensions of Latin American Societies, and The Caribbean: The Genesis
of a Fragmented Nationalism.
Saul Landau, writer and documentary filmmaker, including a film
on Fidel Castro; director of the Transnational Institute, Institute for
Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.; coauthor (with John Dinges) of a forthcoming
book on the Orlando Letelier murder case.
Marvin Leiner, professor of Education, Queens College; author
of Children are the Revolution: Day Care in Cuba (19 74).
William LeoGrande teaches political science at American University,
Washington, D.C., and has written many articles on political developments
Sandra Levinson is the Executive Director of the Center for Cuban
Studies and formerly taught political sociology; co-editor (with Carol
Brightman) of Venceremos Brigade (1971).
Michael Locker works with the Cuba Resource Center in New York
Margot Lovejoy is a graphic artist and teaches at the Pratt Institute's
Graphic Center and at S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase; author of various articles
on printmaking, including one on Cuba.
Arthur MacEwan, Dept. of Economics, University of Massachusetts,
Boston; an editor of Dollars and Sense magazine; author of Revolution
and Economic Development in Cuba (forthcoming, Macmillan, London) and
other economic works.
Harry Magdoff is an editor of Monthly Review magazine,
author of The Age of Imperialism and many other works on economics.
Nita Rous Manitzas is a consultant to the Ford Foundation, Latin
America Division; coeditor (with David Barkin) of Cuba: The Logic of
the Revolution (1973)
Robert Marquez teaches Hispanic-American literature at Hampshire
College, edits the magazine,
Caliban and has written about and translated
the poetry of Nicolas Guillén and many other Caribbean and Latin
Hal Mayerson is a New York attorney who works with the National
Lawyers Guild Cuba Committee.
Paul F. McCleary, Executive Director of Church World Service
and Associate Secretary of the Divison of Overseas Ministries of the National
Council of Churches; author of Global justice and World Hunger, co-author
(with Phillip Wogaman) of Quality of Life in a Global Society.
Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Director of the Center for Latin America Studies,
University of Pittsburgh and professor of economics; author of Cuba
in the 1970's (1978), editor of Revolutionary Change in Cuba and
co-editor (with Cole Blasier) of Cuba in the World (1979).
Herman J. Milligan, Jr. teaches in the Dept. of Sociology at
the University of Minnesota.
Elizabeth Moos is an educator in New York City who has traveled
widely in China, the Soviet Union, and Cuba and written on their educational
Victor Navasky is the editor of the Nation magazine and
writes on American politics.
Julie Nichamin, assistant steward, Local 417 of United
John S. Nichols, School of Journalism, Pennsylvania State University,
co-author (with Robert Pierce) of Keeping the Flame: Media and Government
in Latin America (1979).
Marifeli Pérez-Stable, teaches at State University of
New York, Old Westbury and is an editor of
Alfred Padula teaches history at the University of Maine and
has written on energy and development in Cuba.
James Petras, Dept. of Sociology, State University of New York,
Binghamton, co-editor (with Martin Kenner) of Fidel Castro Speaks (1969)
author/editor of many books on Latin America, particularly on the role
of the working class.
Adamantia Pollis, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research;
co-author (with Peter Schwab) of Human Rights: Cultural and Ideological
José Prince is an economist who teaches at the City University
of New York.
Michael J. Rivas teaches at Emory University in Georgia and is
a member of the Committee of 75.
Sergio Roca, Dept. of Economics, Adelphi University; author of
Economic Policy and Ideology: the Ten Million Ton Sugar Harvest (1976)
and numerous other articles on the Cuban economy.
Helen Rodriguez-Trias, M.D. works with the Committee to End Sterilization
Abuse in New York City.
Albor Ruiz is the Executive Director of the Committee of 75.
Helen I. Safa, Dept. of Anthropology, Livingston College, Rutgers
University; author of The Urban Poor in Puerto Rico (1974); co-editor
(with June Nash) of Sex and Class in Latin America and (with B.
du Toit) of Migration and Development.
Andrew Salkey teaches in the School of Humanities and Arts in
Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass. and is the author of many books, including
journal (197 1) and editor of Writing In Cuba since the Revolution
(1978). He was awarded the 1979 Casa de las Américas (Havana)
poetry prize for his book, In the Hills Where Her Dreams Live,
Tony Schuman is an architect who teaches at the New Jersey School
Bertram Silverman teaches economics at Hofstra University and
works in a special educational program with District 65 in New York City;
author of Man and Socialism in Cuba (1971).
Archie Singham teaches political science at Brooklyn College,
works at the United Nations and has written extensively on the non-aligned
Alfred Stepan, is chairman of the Dept. of Political Science
at Yale University.
Ruth Ann Stewart, Assistant Chief, Schomburg Center for Research
in Black Culture, New York Public Library; author, Portia: The Life
of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington.
Michael Tigar, Esq, Tigar and Buffone, Washington, D.C.; author
of Law and the Rise of Capitalism.
Nelson P. Valdés, Dept, of Sociology, University of New
Mexico; author of The Cuban Revolution: A Research-Study Guide, 7959-7969
(1971); co-editor (with Rolando Bonachea), Cuba in Revolution
and Fidel Castro Ruz: Selected Works (1972).
Barbara J. Webb teaches at Queens College.
Cora Weiss is the director of the Disarmament Program at Riverside
Church, New York City.
Rosemary Werrett, editor of Business Latin America, is the
author of Cuba at the Turning Point
(1977), A Corporate Guide
to Solving Operating Problems in Brazil, and Operating in the Central
American Common Market.
Lynn Wheeler is a graduate student at the University of Indiana.
The Hon. Elliot Wilk is a civil court judge in New York City.
William Wipfler is the director of the Human Rights Office, Division
of Overseas Ministries, National Council of Churches.
José Yglesias is the author of numerous books and articles
on the Spanish-speaking world, including a book on Cuba, In the Fist
of the Revolution (1968).
Andrew S. Zimbalist, Dept. of Economics, Smith College/Labor Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author of Economic Democracy (1978) and Case Studies on the Labor Process (1979), and has written on Chile and Cuba.