July 19 A Conversation About the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

Fifty-five Years, and Still Ninety Miles to Go: A Conversation About the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs Global Programs and the University's Research Compliance Office invite you to a discussion on the evolution of U.S. trade sanctions against Cuba, with a focus on recent developments and their implications for academic, research, and humanitarian cooperation.

Our talk will cover the history of the U.S. embargo, from its Cold War inception, through the Obama Administration's efforts to normalize relations, to the Trump Administration's recent announcement of new financial and travel restrictions. We'll learn not only about the development of U.S. sanctions laws and policies, but also about the practical impact on--and perspective of--the Cuban people.

Where? Freeman Commons, Humphrey School 205.
When? 2:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19th.

Who? Our speakers will be Dr. Melisa Rivière, an anthropologist affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts, and Patrick Briscoe, the University's Export Controls and International Projects Officer.

Melisa earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in anthropology. Her work has focused on the globalization of hip-hop, civil rights, media, and popular youth culture movements in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Melisa frequently accompanies University of Minnesota student, faculty, and staff delegations to Cuba on study abroad, academic outreach, and research trips.

Pat holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and started working in the field of export controls and economic sanctions in 1998. Over the years, he has facilitated the lawful export and import of nuclear source material, thermal imaging cameras, military vehicles, automatic weapons, cellos, and sardines.

Seating is limited to forty (40). Please RSVP to Patrick Briscoe (bris0022@umn.edu, 612-625-3860).

J. Patrick Briscoe
Export Controls and International Projects Officer
University of Minnesota | Research Compliance Office

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