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Ongoing -- Cuba: An Economy Under Siege: Fall Tour with Dr. Jourdy James Heredia

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 3:30 pm to Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 2:30 pm
Where: Boston area • Boston

  Witness for Peace New England:  is thrilled to announce our 2019 Fall Speaking Tour, "An Economy Under Siege: Building Socialism and Solidarity with Cuba Today," featuring Cuban economist Dr. Jourdy James Heredia, subdirector of the Global Economy Research Center (CIEM) in Havana.

Dr. James will be touring the East Coast (MA, RI, CT, NH, VT, NY, NJ and DC) from September 30-October 23, 2019. The events listed below have been confirmed, although our tour schedule is being finalized and there is still room in the schedule if you are interested in hosting an event, organizer exchange, interview, or workshop with Dr. James. Contact Lee Schlenker at to schedule an event or for more information.


Jourdy Victoria James Heredia received her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana and her PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She is the subdirector and lead researcher of the Global Economy Research Center in Havana, Cuba and Associate Professor at the University of Havana. She is a member of the editorial group of Cuba's World Economic Issues Journal and of the Foreign Policy Experts group organized by Cuba's Higher Institute for Foreign Relations. She has won the Annual Prize of the Cuban Academy of Sciences on two occasions (1999 and 2000) and the EU-LAC Foundation Prize in 2015. She has over 30 years of experience researching issues of European integration. She is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals and also of two books (The Euro Zone Crisis: Economic Foundations and Lessons for Latin America; and Food Security in the the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean: The Cases of Cuba and Spain). She has lectured in universities throughout the world, including in Spain, Jamaica, Canada, Germany, China and Kenya.

On this national tour, Dr. Jourdy James Heredia will speak about the current economic situation in Cuba; historical and contemporary impacts of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States on Cuba; advances Cuba has made in food security, understood in a comparative and contextualized lens; and ongoing challenges in the construction of Cuban socialism given perennially hostile external circumstances.


Thursday October 3, 3:30 PM
Pardee Center at Boston University, First Floor Conference Room
121 Bay St Rd, Boston, MA

Saturday October 5, 4PM
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan, MA

Tuesday October 8, 2:30 PM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

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