Cuban Diplomat to lecture about Cuban-U.S. Relations with Reception following
- Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
- Strand Union Building, Procrastinator Theater, Reception following in Leigh Lounge - view map
Miguel Fraga, 1st Secretary of the newly reestablished Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., will lecture about Cuba and U.S. Relations during a visit to Montana State University on Tuesday, February 21. Fraga will deliver an ilustrated lecture, "Cuba-U.S. Relations: Current State of Affairs," about newly established relations between the two countries at 6:00 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater of the Strand Union Building. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will all be given in Engish. His lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. A reception will follow in the SUB's Leigh Lounge.
MSU faculty, staff and students interested in teaching, research and outreach opportunities with Cuba are invited to an introductory session of MSU's new Cuban Interest Group, organized by the Office of International Programs, at 1:30 p.m. in SUB room 168. Members of the MSU community will share current experiences and explore possible ideas for future collaborations with the 1st Secretary.
Jan Strout, a College of Letters and Science instructor who is helping to coordinate the visit and the interest group, said Fraga's visit is a rare opportunity for the local community to interact and share perspectives with one of Cuba's highest level diplomatic staff members.
"The goals of Miguel Fraga's visit are to share and exchange (ideas) about the status of normalization of relations between the Cuban and U.S. governments, learn more about current MSU and Cuban collaborations and future possibilities for faculty, staff and students and our community to engage locally and globally with one of our nearest neighbors," said Strout, who co-founded and is involved with the Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration organizations and has worked extensively with educational programs, co-leading Delegations and facilitating U.S. women's leadership collaborations with Cuba since 1990.
Fraga's visit is sponsored by MSU's Office of International Programs and Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba, the College of Agriculture, Arts and Architecture, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Letters and Science, the International Business Club, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Department of Political Science and the Department of Native American Studies. Other sponsors include the Latin American/Latino Studies program; the Diversity Awareness Office; the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost as well as ASMSU, Sustainability NOW!, Bridges to Cuba, Hopa Mountain, Gallatin Valley Community radio, Cuba Connection and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration.
Free and open to the public