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2012 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 485 words || 
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1. LaFevor, David. ""When its Cocktail Time in Cuba:" A Reevaluation of American Commerce and Tourism in 1920s Cuba" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Caribe Hilton., San Juan, Puerto Rico, <Not Available>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p568741_index.html>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: This paper examines two interrelated questions: How did American businesses advertise their products in Latin America in the 1920s and how did American writers seek to sell Latin America, and Cuba in particular, to American business travelers and tourists in the decade after the first World War. I focus on two types of widely disseminated documents: travel guides and trade publications, which were designed to provide introductions to the region and its inhabitants to American readers. These tracts, along with voluminous press coverage of the ever dramatic and lurid tales of political intrigue and innate social instability, reveal the creation of everyday ideas in practical operation. Did American tourists fleeing a dry United States have to alter their behaviors when entering Cuba under the Platt Amendment? What where the dangers and opportunities for Americans who sought to recreate an idealized and yet risqué social atmosphere outside of the United States? Tangential to these pursuits were the popular psychologies of American advertising professionals who explained Latin American propensities to businessmen who envisioned themselves as pioneers in the wake of retreating British commercial dominance in the region.
The United States military intervened over thirty times in the Circum-Caribbean between 1902 and the shift in hemispheric strategy known as the Good Neighbor Policy in 1934. Beneath the machinations of diplomacy operated the expansion of commercial empire that worked, ideally through consent, to tie Latin Americans to American material culture. This process began early in Cuba, where frequent travel (in both directions) and the expansion of mass media had produced “ties of singular intimacy” that saturated Cuban popular and elite culture with Americanism in such wide-ranging normative fields as dress, etiquette, gender relations, and general definitions of propriety and permissiveness.
The bulk of historiographical coverage of the American impact in Cuba during the era of the Cuban Republic (1902-1959) has focused on political corruption and the sensational narratives accompanying the incursions of organized crime in the 1940s and 1950s. As gangsters like Meyer Lansky constructed hotel-casinos in the heart of Havana and changed the skyline of the colonial city they contributed enormous sums that bolstered the Batista dictatorship. These highly public dealings gave fodder to the anti-Batista campaign that culminated in the triumph of the Revolution. This paper examines an earlier period in Cuban-American relations when Americans took the first steps toward creating a haven for American commerce and tourism.
In an ironic shift, the Cuban government in last decade has deployed a selective memory of this aspect of the past. With tourism again forming a sizable portion of state income, reconstruction of infamous sites like Sloppy Joe’s bar in downtown Havana evokes this once denigrated era. While the impact of American culture in the period of the Republic has long been a focal point of the regime’s nemesis complex, economic necessity has yielded concrete reevaluations of that memory.

2012 - Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 44th Annual Convention Words: 46 words || 
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2. Gorsuch, Anne. "'Cuba is my Love:' Revolutionary Cuba and the Soviet Union in the 1960s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 44th Annual Convention, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p560872_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This paper explores the cultural history of the Soviet/Cuban relationship in the 1960s, including the place of Cuba in the cultural imagination of the Soviet Union and the very real movement of Soviet and Cuban citizens between the USSR and Cuba as tourists, delegates, and students.

2015 - Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference Words: 214 words || 
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3. Kantor, Roanne. "Chronicle of a Pakistani Poet in Cuba: Faiz Ahmed Faiz and the Safarnama-e Cuba" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies - Annual Conference, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p952964_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In 1962 in Sochi, USSR, the renowned Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz found himself in a private transnational poetry recitation with the Chilean poet and future Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Both men were in town for the Lenin prize, fellow travelers in the political, as well as the literal sense of the word. Although neither man spoke the language in which the other composed, according to witnesses, they seemed to understand each other’s poetry perfectly. Eleven years after his meeting with Neruda, Faiz was called upon to dust off his apparently preternatural abilities in Spanish, this time for a two-week invited tour of post-revolutionary Cuba. This talk concerns the travelogue, or safarnama, Faiz wrote in the wake of that trip. Unlike the perfect understanding of his exchange with Neruda, the safarnama exemplifies the practical limits of Faiz’s desire for socialist internationalism, cross-cultural understanding, and South-South solidarity. At the same time, Faiz’s story can tell us as much about his view of Pakistan as about the “dūr darāz gher-marūf jazīra” (far off, unknown island) it claims to represent. This talk makes sense of the Safarnama-e Cuba in light of Faiz’s other safarname, especially his USSR travelogue Mah-o-sal-e ashnai, as well as other post-revolutionary Cuban travelogues such as Gabriel García Márquez’s “Cuba de cabo a rabo.”

2018 - Comparative and International Education Society Conference Words: 131 words || 
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4. Castillo Estrella, Tomas. "Experiencias en la formación de docentes en Cuba: Retos y perspectivas [Experiences in teacher education in Cuba: Challenges and perspectives]" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico, <Not Available>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1354398_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This presentation is based on an analysis of the best experiences in initial and continuous (inservice) professional development of teachers in Cuba today. The presentation gives attention to the new dynamic between teaching, research and extension being pursued in universities, with the consequence that research has become a core component in professional preparation programs. The presentation highlights field-based experiences as an important component of the professional development programs, during which students not only have supervised experiences of trying to put into practice what they have learned but also have opportunities to gain professional insights from teachers working in the same school. The presentation also focuses on the necessary relationship between the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, especially given the recently introduced reduction in length of undergraduate programs from five to four years.

2016 - 87th SPSA Annual Conference Pages: unavailable || Words: 2830 words || 
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5. Scherlen, Renee. "Visions of Cuba: Comparing US and Canadian Coverage of Cuba" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 87th SPSA Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jan 07, 2016 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-17 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1077493_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: 2015 saw a transformation in US-Cuban relations. However, perceptions about Cuba in the United States still are largely shaped by media coverage since travel restrictions have not been removed. How does the US media portray Cuba? Has coverage of the country changed significantly since the 1980s? Is US media coverage of Cuba significantly different from other countries’ media coverage of Cuba? Using content analysis of New York Times articles about Cuba from 1980 to the present, I examine the framing of Cuba in US media over time. This is compared to coverage of Cuba by the Globe and Mail (Canada). Does Canadian media frame Cuba differently? Has Canadian coverage of Cuba changed over time? The goal of the research is answer three questions. First, has US media coverage of Cuba changed over time? Second, is there variation in US and Canadian framing of Cuba? And third, if there is variation, how is Cuba pictured differently in the US versus Canada? The research concludes with an assessment of the impact of media framing on public debate about Cuba in the United States.

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