Cuba In Changing Times

We’re pleased to announce that we will be holding a talk by Rafael Hernández in Great Barrington on November 15th at 7:30pm.

This talk is part of our continued work in Cuba under one of our newest programs, the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network. Our team was in Cuba last week building relationships with partners on the Cuban side of the network. Greg Watson and Rachel Moriarty will be returning there at the end of November, leading a delegation to the 5th International Conference on Agroecology and Cooperatives, held by ANAP— Cuba’s National Association of Small Farmers.

During their October trip our team met Rafael Hernández, editor of Temas. Temas is the leading Cuban magazine in the social sciences and the humanities, renowned for its contribution to intellectual dialogue in Cuba.

Rafael is a senior research fellow at the Centro de Investigación de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello in Havana and is the author or editor of several books, including Cuba and the Caribbean and United States-Cuban Relations in the Nineties. His publications include several books and essays on Cuban and U.S. policies, inter-American relations, international security, migration, Cuban culture, civil society and politics.

He was founding editor of Cuadernos de Nuestra América, the journal published by the Centro de Estudios sobre América, and coordinator of the Cuban exchange program with LASA (Latin American Studies Association). His most recent books are Looking at Cuba. Essays on Culture and Civil Society (Critics National Award, 2001), The Other War. Studies on Strategy and International Security (2000), The History of Havana (2006) and Shall We Play Ball? Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations (2011).

Admission is $5 or 5 BerkShares at the door (BerkShares preferred). Pre-registration is required. Please call 413 528 1737 or register online at This event is co-sponsored by Berkshire Waldorf High School, Orion Magazine, Kosmos Journal, BerkShares, Inc., and the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires.

The talk will be held at John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 389 Main Street. We look forward to seeing you there.