Center for Public Policy & Social Research


The Future of US-Cuba Relations: a Conference at CCSU
October 17, 2015

CPPSR, with the Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba, the Political Science Department and many other campus departments, Centers and student clubs, brought CCSU faculty together with Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the newly established Cuban Embassy to the USA in Washington, D.C., Ariel Dacal Diaz of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Havana, Cuba, and Marco Perez, MD, of NYC, graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana for a morning of challenging discussion.        

Complementary to new US policy of engagement with Cuba, the conference sought to create dialogue with Cuban governmental and civil society regarding next steps to establish a working relationship between the two peoples and nations. Conference attendees were greeted, via video, by Connecticut’s Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.

Faculty Participants were Professors Paul Petterson, Political Science, Antonio Garcia-Lozada, Modern Languages; Evelyn Phillips, Anthropology; Vivian Martin, Journalism; Walton Brown-Foster, Political Science; Tim Craine, Emeritus, Mathematical Sciences.

Video of this conference on the CPPSR homepage.  

Miguel Fraga,

First Secretary, Cuban Embassy in USA 


Senator Chris Murphy Greets the Conference via Video


Dr. Perez on Healthcare In Cuba


Keynote Speaker Ariel Dacal Diaz (center)


Marco Perez, M.D.


John Pasco, CPPSR


Faculty and Speakers Q & A with Tim Craine, Conference Organizer (right)


Steve Kliger, (center), Executive Director of CPPSR and Director of CCSU's Confucius Institute, with First Secretary Fraga (right). At left, Silivia Colunga, also with the Cuban Embassy.




First Secretary Fraga




Sponsored by the Center for Public Policy and Social Research at CCSU and the Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba, with greatly appreciated co-sponsorship by the following CCSU Departments, Student Groups and Centers:

Political Science Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center
History Youth for Socialist Action
Journalism Latin American Student Organization
Modern Languages Elihu Burritt Library
Sociology Center for International Education
Design Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
Physics & Engineering Physics