July 16 and 17, 2004
University of Miami, Florida International University, St. Thomas University
July 16 – Bill Cosford Cinema, 2nd Floor, Memorial Building, University of Miami
2:00pm - Welcome
- Holly Ackerman, University of Miami
- Damián Fernández , Florida International University
- María R. Domínguez, St. Thomas University
2:15pm – 3:45pm – Panel: The Balsero Crisis 10 Years Later: Policy Lessons Learned or Not?
Professor María R. Domínguez, J.D., Human Rights Institute, St. Thomas University, Moderator
The National Perspective:
- Frank Angones, Angones, Hunter & Associates
- Jonelle Jones, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, International Affairs Branch
- Ken Leutbecker, Former Head, Community Relations Service, U.S. Justice Department
- Bob Martínez, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
State & Local Perspectives:
- Mark Schlakman, Program Director, Liberty in the Balance Project, Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
- Bruce Marmar, JD, Supervisor of Adjudications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:00pm – 5:25pm – Panel: In their own words: Rafters’ experience and adaptation
- Mr. Guarioné Díaz, President, Cuban-American National Council and Presidentially appointed Ombudsman at Guantánamo, Moderator & Discussant
- Dr. Filiberto Carbot, MD, a rafter who experienced detention at Guantánamo
- Mr. Roberto Morales, a rafter who came directly from Cuba to Florida prior to the opening of Guantánamo
- Ms. Lizbet Martínez, a rafter who experienced detention at Guantánamo as a child
5:30pm – 7:00pm - Reception & Exhibit Opening
Cuban Heritage Collection Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Richter Library
- William Walker, University Librarian, University of Miami
- Steve Stein, Professor, Department of History, Sr. Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs and Interim Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami
Saturday, July 17, 2004, Graham Center, Room 243, Florida International University
Panel 1: 9:00am – 11:00am
- Holly Ackerman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Richter Library, University of Miami, Balseros: Then and Now.
- Kelly Greenhill, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Stanford University Institute for International Studies, Engineered Migration as a Political Weapon of the Weak: Explaining the 1994 Cuban Balseros Crisis.
- Felix Masud-Piloto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, De Paul University, Welcome to Guantánamo? The Balsero Crisis in Historical Perspective.
- Guillermo Grenier, Ph.D., Director, Florida Center for Labor Research and Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, Florida International University, The Balseros: Comparisons with Prior Cuban Migrants.
- Lisandro Pérez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Director, International Migration Initiative, Florida International University.
- Damián Fernández, Ph.D., Professor of International Relations and Director, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University.
Panel 2: 11:15am - 1:00pm
- Ted Henken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology, Baruch College, City University of New York, Balseros, Lancheros, and El Bombo: Cuban Immigration to the United States since the 1994 Rafter Crisis and the Persistence of Special Treatment.
- Lillian Manzor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Foreign Languages & Literature, University of Miami, En fin, el mar: Staging the Balsero Trauma in Greater Cuba.
- Jorge Duany, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Beyond the Rafters: The Recent Past and Near Future of Cuban Migration.
- Ms. Elizabeth Campisi, ABD, State University of New York, Albany, Guantánamo: "Safe Haven" or Traumatic Interlude?
- Rafael Rojas, Professor of History, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico D.F. and Co-Director, Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana.
- Uva de Aragón, Ph.D., Associate Director, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University