This fall, Carlos Alzugaray Treto, former ambassador of Cuba to the European Union, will visit the Hobart and William Smith campus to discuss the recently reestablished diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the international implications of that agreement.
“Ambassador Alzugaray Treto’s visit gives us an invaluable opportunity to engage in dialogue with a distinguished Cuban diplomat and scholar who is also an expert in Cuba-U.S. relations,” says Juan Liébana, associate professor of Spanish & Hispanic Studies. “In light of the current national interest in Cuba and the approaching end of the embargo, and in the context of our recently approved program to send the first group of HWS students to study in Havana next summer, this event could not be more timely for our community.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Alzugaray Treto will deliver a lecture, “Normalization of Relations between Cuba and the United States: the Return of Diplomacy,” at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center. A reception, sponsored by the Office of the President, will follow the lecture.
Born in Havana in 1943, Alzugaray Treto is currently a member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists, an independent international affairs analyst and an advisor for New Cuban Consulting, a business consultant firm. His long career as a public servant, educator, author and international affairs expert has taken him across the globe, as a member of the Cuban Foreign Service, a professor of international relations at several Cuban institutions, and an editor and member of the Advisory Council of the Cuban social science and humanities journal Temas.
In the Foreign Service, Alzugaray Treto served in Cuban embassies and consulates in Japan, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia and Belgium. From 1992 to 1994 he was Advisor to the Cuban Foreign Minister on Global Political Affairs and from 1994 to 1996 served as Ambassador, Chief of Mission to the European Union.
As an educator, Alzugaray Treto achieved the rank of profesor titular in 1999 and has been honored with the annual title of National Distinguished Professor (five times) and Researcher (on one occasion). He has taught in Cuba at the following institutions: Higher Institute of International Affairs (where he also served as Vice Dean, Head of Department and Coordinator of Strategic Studies); University of Havana (where he is still consultant for the Center for Caribbean Studies and the Center for Hemispheric & United States Studies); the National Defense College; and the Academy of the Armed Forces.
The author of three books and more than 100 articles, essays and book chapters, Alzugaray Treto has been honored in Cuba by the Critics’ Prize for best non-fiction book (2000) and the Casa de las Américas literary prize (in 2001 and again in 2013).
Alzugaray Treto has been visiting professor or research fellow at institutions across the North America and Europe and in Japan. He holds undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in history and international relations from Havana University, and has studied at Sophia University’s International Division in Tokyo, Japan.
He was a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences between 2000 and 2012 and a member of the executive committee of the Latin American Political Science Association between 2002 and 2010. He is currently a member of the International Studies Association and the Latin American Studies Association, at which he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cuba Section.
Alzugaray Treto’s campus visit is made possible by the offices of the President and Provost, the departments of Latin American Studies and Spanish & Hispanic Studies, and the Young Memorial Trust Fund, whose core mission is “to support activities at the Colleges that seek to foster international trust, understanding, and peaceful relations among the nations and peoples of the world.”