Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Colloquium to be held Feb. 20

February 17, 2015

The upcoming Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Colloquium will feature the current state of relations between Cuba and the United States. The colloquium will be held from 1 to 2:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Room 104 of the Franco Building. This event is open to the campus community and light refreshments will be served.

Kirk Shaffer, associate professor of Latin American studies, will present “Contemporary Cuba – U.S. Relations.” Since the early 1960s, Cuba and the U.S. have been in diplomatic war. Following the collapse of the Soviet bloc more than 20 years ago, those tensions continued. However, in December the governments in Washington and Havana announced plans to begin normalizing diplomatic relations. In this talk, Shaffer places Cuba – U.S. relations in historical context to understand the meaning, potentialities and challenges facing these two countries today as they seek to bridge a diplomatic divide that is older than the majority of both Cubans and North Americans.

The HASS Colloquium Series features informal presentations that serve as opportunities for HASS faculty to share their completed or in-progress research. Faculty members discuss their research in presentations that welcome dialogue, discussion and questions. For more information on the HASS Colloquium Series, contact Michelle Mart, associate professor of history, at, or Marga Row, coordinator of grants and proposals, at

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Last Updated February 17, 2015