A New Era in Cuba?

Monday 9 November from 12:00 to 13:00 at the National and University Library of Iceland

Open meeting hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland

A New Era in Cuba?

Since July this year Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic relations after decades of harsh disputes. To many this appears to be a step in the right direction but one is left to ponder what the real effects are on the day-to-day political life of Cubans and on Cuba’s international relations in general? What is Raúl Castro’s future vision for his country and fellow country men? Is democracy on the agenda?

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (@OLPL) is a Cuban writer, journalist, blogger, editor, photographer and social activist who fled Cuba in 2013 after having been subjected to political oppression in his country of origin. Lazo was just recently received as International Cities of Refuge Network – ICORN guest writer by the City of Reykjavík where he now resides and works. Moderator: Salvör Nordal, Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Iceland.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.

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Lazo was born in Cuba in 1971 and graduated as a biochemist from the University of Havana in 1994 where he worked as a molecular biologist for several years until he was fired for political reasons. He is webmaster of the site “Lunes de post-Revolución” and edited the Cuban independent digital magazines Cacharro(s), The Revolution Evening Post, and Voces. Since fleeing Cuba he has held lectures in numerous American universities on social activism in Cuba, Cuban civic society and about the recent censorship tendencies in Cuban literature. In 2014-2015 he was a Visiting Fellow of the International Writers Project at Brown University Literary Arts Department. Lazo is the writer of an award winning book Boring Home and the Cuban narrative anthology Cuba in Splinters; Eleven Stories from the New Cuba.