Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The Update of the "Cuban Model" and the Stalemate in US-Cuban Relations, and Cuba in the Current Hemispheric Geopolitical Context

December 1st, 2011
4:00 PM

Tulane University
100a Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

The Update of the “Cuban Model” and the Stalemate in US-Cuban Relations by Raúl Rodríguez and Cuba in the Current Hemispheric Geopolitical Context by Jorge Hernández – December 1st, 2011 at 4 p.m. in Greenleaf Conference Room, 100a Jones Hall, followed by reception. Dr. Rodríguez’s talk will be in English and Dr. Hernández’s talk in Spanish with simultaneous translation.

Raúl Rodríguez Rodríguez is a professor and researcher at the Center for the Study of the Hemisphere and the United States at the University of Havana. Mr. Rodríguez holds a master’s degree in 20th century history and international relations from the School of History and Social Sciences at the University of Havana and a degree in English from the Higher Institute of Foreign Languages. At the University of Havana, he teaches introductory and postgraduate courses on U.S. history and he has co- authored syllabi and taught courses (in English) on Cuban history and the history of U.S.-Cuban relations to U.S. undergraduate students from the University of North Carolina, American University and University of Alabama on semester programs at the University of Havana since 2004. Mr. Rodríguez’s has been a guest lecturer in Canadian and U.S. Universities on topics related to Cuban Foreign Policy and US-Cuba/ Canadian Cuban relations and his most recent publications include); “Convergence and Divergence in United States and Canadian Cuba Policy post 1959: A Triangular Comparative Analysis,” in International Journal of Canadian Studies no 37, 2008; and, “Las relaciones Estados Unidos Canadá en el contexto regional de América del Norte” in Estados Unidos: Una mirada en el siglo 21, edited by Jorge Hernández (Havana: Editorial Ciencias Sociales, 2009), Canada Cuba and the United States as seen in Cuban Diplomatic History 1959-1962. Working Papers Series, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1/10, Harvard University. Canada and the Cuban Revolution: Defining the Rules of Engagement, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2010.

Jorge Hernández Martínez. Sociólogo. Estudia la cultura política estadounidense y las relaciones interamericanas. Autor de artículos, libros y ponencias sobre esos temas. Miembro de Latin American Studies Association (LASA) y del Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO). Ha participado en eventos internacionales organizados por esas instituciones y realizado estancias de investigación o como profesor visitante en The School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), de la Universidad Johns Hopkins, en el Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos (ILAS) de la Universidad de Texas en Austin, en Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU), en el Hunter College, de la City University of New York (CUNY). Ha visitado y ofrecido conferencias en las Universidades de Pittsburgh, Tulane, Notre Dame, Georgetown, la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) y la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, entre otras. Actualmente es el Director del Centro de Estudios hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU), de la Universidad de La Habana.




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Lecture with Rafael Ledezma, Greenleaf Fellow

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled, “Nueva cronología del modelo primario-exportador de Honduras, 1880-1930/A New Chronology of the Primary Commodity Exports Model in Honduras, 1880-1930” by Rafael Ledezma, the 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library.

The talk will be in SPANISH. All are invited for refreshments afterwards.

Las explicaciones convencionales sobre la historia política y económica de Honduras sostuvieron que, entre 1880 y 1930, el país fue un simple exportador de banano, y que su economía nacional no se benefició de este sector porque fue controlado por empresas extranjeras (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). No sorprende, por lo tanto, que a Honduras se le haya conocido como la “banana republic” por excelencia. En esta ponencia presentaré, como hipótesis, una nueva cronología de la historia hondureña de ese periodo, que consiste en tres fases que definieron modos distintos de vinculación al mercado internacional, y que van más allá de la comercialización del banano. Ahondaré en aspectos tales como la actividad marítima y portuaria, con cuáles otros países, además de Estados Unidos, tuvo relaciones comerciales, y cuáles productos vendió y compró del exterior. Se seleccionó este periodo porque, recientemente, la historia económica en América Latina lo está estudiando desde distintos enfoques, para así aportar nuevas visiones sobre los problemas del desarrollo económico en el largo plazo, y los orígenes históricos de la desigualdad social en la región.

Conventional explanations of the political and economic history of Honduras held that, between 1880 and 1930, the country only exported bananas, and that its national economy did not benefit from this sector because it was controlled by foreign companies (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). It is therefore not surprising that Honduras has come to be known as the “banana republic” par excellence. In my talk, I will present as a hypothesis a new chronology of Honduran history of this period consisting of three phases that defined different modes of linkages to international markets and that go beyond the commercialization of bananas. I will examine issues such as maritime and port activity; the countries besides the United States with which Honduras had commercial ties; and the products that were bought and sold abroad. I chose to focus on this period because the economic history of Latin America has recently begun to be studied from new perspectives that have refocused our understanding of long-term economic development and the historical origins of social inequality in the region.

Rafael Ledezma hails from Costa Rica. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica (2006); a Master’s degree in Applied History from El Colegio de México (2016); and is currently a PhD candidate in History from that university. His research and publications focus on the history of agriculture and the environment in 20th century Costa Rica, and the economic history of Honduras between 1880-1930.

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: pave

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at