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MDC to Host Renowned Cuba Economist Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago

~ New Book Analyzes Raul Castro’s Economic and Social Reforms

Renowned Cuba Economist, Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Miami, January 18, 2013 - When international award-winning economist Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago talks about the economics of Cuba, people listen. Dr. Mesa-Lago, a world-renowned scholar, is the foremost authority on Cuba’s social and economic policy shifts. On Feb. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., he comes to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus to present his latest book, Cuba en la Era de Raul Castro: Reformas Económico-Sociales y sus Efectos (Madrid Editorial Colibri, 2012). Accordingly, the title of his presentation will be "Cuba Under Raul Castro: Economic and Social Reforms and their Effects." The event is free and open to the public.

“The college is honored and pleased to have him choose MDC for the presentation of his highly informative and comprehensive book,” says Executive Director of MDC’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives (CLACI), Dr. Juan Antonio Blanco Gil. “This is a man that, as an economist, has worldwide recognition as an expert in social policies. He’s considered by many as the highest academic authority on the Cuban economy.”

The acclaimed book is the first of its kind to provide a fully documented, comprehensive analysis of Cuban President Raul Castro’s reforms during his six years in power, and evaluates the reforms’ effects on Cuba's economy and social welfare. It includes statistics, economic and social literature published in Cuba and abroad. Copies of the book will be on sale at the presentation. After the presentation, there will be a session for signings and one-on-one dialogue.

For his work and dedication, Dr. Mesa-Lago received the ILO International Research Prize on Decent Work alongside former South African President and Peace Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela. In 2009, he was also a finalist in Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize on Social Sciences. He is a Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and has been a visiting professor and researcher in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, United Kingdom and the United States, and a lecturer in 39 countries. He has authored 82 books and monographs that have been published in seven languages and 34 countries on the Cuban economy, social security and comparative economic systems. Dr. Mesa-Lago is also the founding editor of the Cuban Studies annual volume.

Co-sponsors: At MDC this event is co-sponsored by the The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives as well as the School of Business and the Department of Social Sciences (Wolfson Campus), and The Center for Literature and Theater @ MDC.  It is also co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute of Florida International University, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), and the National Association of Cuban- American Educators (NACAE).

Free parking will be available at MDC parking garage in Building 7 (where the event will take place) by presenting this press release.

MDC Presents Economist Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus (downtown); Building 7 auditorium, Room 7128 300 NE Second Ave.

For more information, please contact Dr. Juan Antonio Blanco Gil at 305-237-3944 and 305-975-3248.

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