Questions of Racial Identity, Racism and Anti-Racist Policies in Cuba Today

    Questions of Racial Identity, Racism and Anti-Racist Policies in Cuba Today

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    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a conference announcement sponsored by Center for International Policy:

    WHAT: Both the United States and Cuba have African-descent populations and thus share the democratic challenges of dismantling remaining barriers to full racial equality. ?The Center for International Policy believes it is important for Americans to have a better understanding of how Cuban citizens and policymakers are dealing with the issues of race, equality and national identity. ?The conference will convene key sectors of U.S. civil society and policy groups involved in work with Cuban citizens and/or the Cuba government. ?The conference's primary goal is to bring attention to Cuba's internal discourses and negotiations on racial identity and racism, and government policies to address this fundamental democratic issue in Cuba today. ?Our June 2nd conference will ultimately foster proactive reflections and actions among these sectors in their respective work and on the issue of race itself.


    • Introduction and discussion by conference host Wayne S. Smith (Center for International Policy) and James Early (Smithsonian Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage) 9:30-10:00 a.m.
    • Emira Woods of the IPS Foreign Policy in Focus Board will moderate a panel on the issues of racial identity, racism and racial discrimination in Cuba today and what's at stake with panelist Esteban Morales (Center for the Study of U.S.-Cuban Relations) 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    • Mwiza Munthali (Trans-Africa Forum) will moderate a panel about the current state of Afro-Cuban initiatives for racial equality in Cuba with Heriberto Feraudy (Cuban Commission Against Racism) 11:00-Noon
    • Sarah Stephens (Center for Democracy in the Americas) will discuss the implications of these issues on U.S.-Cuban relations with Esteban Morales, Heriberto Feraudy, Luis Murillo (Phelps Stokes) and Julia Sweig (Council on Foreign Relations) 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Wayne Smith will end the conference with reflections from various U.S. sectors on racial issues in Cuba that will include James Early, Philip Brenner (American University) and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) 3:00-4:00 p.m.

    WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 9:00 a.m. ? 5:30 p.m.

    WHERE: University of California Washington Center
    1608 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
    Wine and cheese reception after the conference.

    RSVP:?Please RSVP to Fiorella Mejia at or 202.232.3317.

    Contact: Fiorella Mejia
    202) 232-3317

    SOURCE Center for International Policy