Cuba Relations Focus of Panel Discussion in Sarasota

Panelists to address how recent policy changes will affect business, travel and trade

By staff August 21, 2017

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"What now, Cuba?" is the subject of a day of panel discussion, addresses and question-and-answer sessions Monday, Sept. 11, at Selby Auditorium on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

The focus is on how recent changes in U.S. policies toward Cuba will affect American business, trade and travel, as well as the well-being of the Cuban people? 

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the general public and free for USF faculty, staff and students. For more information, go to

Speaker include:

  • Jorge Duany: Director, Cuban Research Institute; Professor of Anthropology, Florida International University
  • Karen Holbrook: Executive Vice President and Sr. Advisor to the President at University of South Florida
  • Vicki Huddleston: US Ambassador, retired; former Principal Officer, US Interests section in Havana
  • Stephen Kay: Director, Americas Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • David Kotok: CIO, Cumberland Advisors and GIC Board Member
  • Collin Laverty: Senior Partner, Havana Strategies; Cuba Educational Travel
  • Don Rissmiller: Chief Economist, Strategas Research Partners and GIC Vice Chair of Programs
  • David Seleski: President and CEO, Stonegate Bank
  • Harry Vanden: Professor Emeritus, Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida
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