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Cuban Revolution Subject of UCR Talk

Cuban Revolution Subject of UCR Talk

(December 2, 1999)

A Cuban sociologist, specializing in international political relations, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the University of California, Riverside on "The Dynamics of the Cuban Revolution: Present and Future."

Dr. Ariel Luis Aguilar Reyes has worked more than 16 years in social and political relations at several Cuban institutions, including the University of Havana, his current academic home. His presentation, which is free to the public, is scheduled for room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. Parking on campus costs $3.

Armando Navarro, chairman of the UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, will moderate the talk. He said Dr. Aguilar Reyes is well respected for his work on the social movements in the Unites States and on the historical conflict between the U.S. and Cuba. His research interests are broad, including African-American culture and politics, the social and ecological consequences of the U.S. embargo on Cuban and religious practice in Cuba.

Navarro recently led a delegation of scholars and citizens to Havana in an effort to warm the chilly relations between Cuba and the U.S. "I am happy to have Dr. Aguilar Reyes return the visit," Navarro said. "I am hoping to have many more of these exchan ges."

He said audience members will have a chance to question Aguilar Reyes, and three UCR faculty members will engage in a discussion afterward: David Berlin from political science, Gary Dymski from economics and Edna Bonacich from Sociology.

The speech is sponsored by the UCR Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Bureau, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Department of Economics, the Department of Sociology and Chicano Student Programs.

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