Visiting lecturer to discuss Cuba

September 25, 2014
Dr. Ernesto Dominguez López

Dr. Ernesto Dominguez López, a history and political science professor at the University of Havana, Cuba, will discuss Cuba's relevance in the 21st century at “Cuba's New Now” on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Platteville Rooms, Markee Pioneer Student Center, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by UW-Platteville's College of Liberal Arts and Education and its department of history; College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; and School of Business.

López will address how Cuba has embraced innovation, particularly since the end of the Cold War. He will discuss how Cuba has developed sustainable agriculture, funded biomedical breakthroughs, embraced tourism, strengthened medical care in developing countries, maintained its social safety net despite numerous economic challenges and continued to pursue an independent course in revolutionary ways.

López acknowledges that not all may agree with Cuba's path and official United States-Cuban relations remain poor, yet he envisions areas in which the two countries can work together for positive change, particularly once the U.S. embargo of more than 50 years is lifted.

“Cuba occupies a unique place in the U.S. imagination,” said Dr. Melissa Gormley, associate professor of history and director of Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Platteville. “For many Americans, it is a mystery, yet because of the history of the relations between our two countries, it is a constant presence. Dr. Ernesto Dominguez López’s visit to our campus offers us a unique opportunity to learn more about Cuba.”

At the University of Havana, López teaches history and political science and specializes in U.S.-Cuban relations, Cuban foreign affairs and U.S. politics. This is his second visit to the U.S. In 2012, he was a guest scholar at Emory University, Georgia State University and the Carter Center, all in Atlanta, Ga.

UW-Platteville will offer a two-week study abroad experience in Cuba in May for students and community members. Contact Melissa Beegle, interim program coordinator of Education Abroad at UW-Platteville, at (608) 342-6151, for more information.

Contact: Dr. Melissa Gormley, department of history, (608) 342-6111,
Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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