Some of the most critical questions about the future of Cuba, U.S. foreign policy towards the island, and the role of the Cuban-American community will be addressed when Rutgers School of Law–Newark, in conjunction with the World Policy Institute at the New School, holds the “National Summit on Cuba: New Jersey, 2006” from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Law School.
The summit, which is held in a different major city each year, will feature keynote addresses by New Jersey elected officials who help shape national policy towards Cuba; five panel sessions with expert speakers representing a diversity of opinion on the island, audience Q&A after each session, and members of the Rutgers law faculty serving as moderators; and the New Jersey premiere of “Those I Left Behind,” a new documentary by Cuban-American filmmaker Lisandro Perez-Rey, who will introduce the film.
Keynote speakers are U.S. Senator from New Jersey Robert Menendez ’79 (invited) and Congressman Donald Payne from New Jersey’s 10th district. Session topics and speakers are:
Rutgers law professors who will serve as moderators are Robert Holmes, David Dante Troutt, Tanya Hernandez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Twila Perry. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Lissa Weinmann, senior fellow, World Policy Institute; Rutgers–Newark Provost Steven J. Diner; and Law School Dean Stuart L. Deutsch. The Rutgers Race and the Law Review, a student-run journal, is also a sponsor of the summit and will host a reception following the day-long event.
The complete schedule is available here. A $25 registration fee covers lunch and refreshments throughout the day. For students with a valid I.D., the registration fee is $10.