Monday, June 14, 2010

Mesa-Lago, Domínguez, & López-Levy in Havana for Church-sponsored conference

I'd also like to be in Havana at the end of the week for the 10th Annual Social Week sponsored by the Catholic Church to be celebrated from June 16-20. The event is especially notable for its inclusion of three leading Cuban-American scholars, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Jorge Domínguez, and Arturo López-Levy, all whom I consider friends and fair-minded intellectuals with rigorous standards.

The following note is taken from The Miami Herald's Cuban Colada blog.

Three Cuban-American politologists will participate in the Cuban Catholic Church's Tenth Social Week, to be held in Havana June 16-20, the e-zine Progreso Semanal reports.

They are Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Jorge I. Domínguez, and Arturo López-Levy. The conference will deal with the Church's social doctrine on the island and will be attended by the Vatican's foreign minister, Msgr. Dominique Mamberti.

Mesa-Lago is professor emeritus of economics and Latin American studies at the University of Pittsburgh. On Thursday, he will take part in the panel on "Dialogue Among Cubans."

Domínguez is professor of economics and Latin American politics at Harvard University. On Friday, he will speak during the panel on "The Economy and Society."

López-Levy, a former official of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior, holds a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a Master's in economics from Carleton University in Canada. He will participate Saturday on the panel on "Reconciliation Among Cubans."

For details on the other panelists, as reported by Progreso Semanal, click here.

Read more at The Miami Herald's Cuban Colada blog.

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