The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University will be hosting an invitation-only conference
October 16-18, 2014, designed to deepen journalists’ reporting involving Cuba and Cuban-American
relations at a critical moment of transition. Achy will be joining a distinguished group of speakers to
discuss a wide range of issues.
“Covering Cuba in an Era of Change” will explore the country’s history and relationship to the United
States, recent shifts in public opinion, generational changes in Cuban-America immigrant communities,
economic factors, as well as current conflicts and policy debates. Sessions will focus on Cuba’s economy,
public health innovation in Cuba and abroad, human rights and free expression, environmental issues
and prospects for reform.
The conference will include expert briefings and panels by historians, scholars, economists, policymakers
and community leaders, as well as journalist-to-journalist discussions on innovations and challenges
involved in reporting on Cuba in this key period.
Confirmed speakers include: Marjorie Connelly, editor of Special Polling Projects for The New York
Times; John Coatsworth, Provost of Columbia University and leading scholar of Latin American
economic and international history; Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer, The New Yorker; Ann Louise
Bardach, author and journalist; Guillermo Grenier, professor of sociology and director of the Cuban
Research Institute, Florida Atlantic University; Peter Kornbluh, author and director, Cuba Documentation
Project; Achy Obejas, author and journalist; Louis A. Pérez, Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson professor of history,
University of North Carolina and editor, Cuban Journal; Miriam Celaya, independent journalist and
blogger; Ted Henken, professor of sociology, Baruch College; Mirta Ojito, director of News Standards,
Telemundo; Rafael Betancourt, principal, Havanada Consulting; Marlén Sánchez, professor of
economics, University of Havana; Gail Reed, International Director of MEDICC; and many more yet to be