Monday, May 20, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - The past, present and future of Cuba is filled with important social, economic and cultural components. Realizing the educational value of learning more about Cuba, Hostos Community College welcomed Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, the Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations, on May 9.
Ambassador Reyes Rodríguez spoke to students, faculty and staff in the A-Atrium about Cuba’s history, the U.S. embargo, and engaged the audience during a question and answer session.
Professor Peter Roman, Coordinator of the Social Sciences Unit, arranged and organized the visit and said he was thrilled to see it come to fruition. Dr. Roman is an expert academician in Cuban history, policies and government. He has lived and conducted research in Cuba and considers it important that students learn and understand the historical significance and relevance of the Cuban Revolution.
“This event was part of a series of presentations by Cuban scholars and diplomats which have taken place at Hostos during the past two years, which have given the Hostos community access to important points of view regarding Cuba that are not readily available,” Dr. Roman said.
Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez said, "While Cuba remains a controversial subject, keeping an open dialogue and learning as much as you can is everyone’s responsibility."
The visit was sponsored by the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department and the President’s Office.
About Hostos Community College: Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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