9:00 AM09:00

Porter College Commencement Keynote Address

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Join us as we recognize and celebrate the Porter College Class of 2015, including members of the Transfer Community at Porter College.

Keynote Speaker: Julia Sweig


Lower West Field

Location details: 

The ceremony is held out of doors, we recommend hats & sunscreen, flat / comfortable shoes. Parking is limited, car pooling is highly recommended.

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8:00 AM08:00

The Cuba Opportunity Summit: High-Velocity Growth The Nasdaq MarketSite, NYC

I'll be speaking at the morning panel on the evolution and direction of U.S. policy toward Cuba. 

Check out the conference description and agenda:

On December 17 last year, President Barack Obama took a major step towards thawing this freeze when he announced that the U.S. and Cuba would work towards re-establishing diplomatic relations and potentially lift the economic embargo between the two countries.

What will this historic change mean for economic relations between the U.S. and Cuba? What opportunities — and risks — should American companies consider as they explore the business potential of one of the largest markets in the Caribbean? In order to answer these questions, Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Wharton management professor Mauro Guillen, director of The Lauder Institute; Faquiry Diaz Cala, CEO of Tres Mares Group, a private equity investment firm in Miami; and Gustavo Arnavat, a former Obama administration official who was the U.S. executive director at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Combining the leading business and legal experts who have real-world experience with the Cuban economy and government with renown thought leaders from the world’s leading business school, Wharton, Momentum and Knowledge@Wharton are proud to present the first in a series of summits on “Doing Business in Cuba” that will take place in both New York City and, at a later date, in Havana.

Key themes to be addressed can be found by reviewing the most current version of the agenda by clicking here.

Click here to register.

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The United States and Cuba: Breaking the Half-Century Impasse, Austin, TX
12:15 PM12:15

The United States and Cuba: Breaking the Half-Century Impasse, Austin, TX

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I will present a talk titled The United States and Cuba: Breaking the Half-Century Impasse Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Tickets can be reserved for free here

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5:00 PM17:00

McCain Institute Debate: A NEW U.S.-CUBA POLICY: DID CUBA WIN?

President Obama’s announcement in December of his intention to reestablish formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has stirred vigorous debate.  

Supporters justify the move by arguing that 50-plus years of diplomatic stalemate and sanctions have failed to bring freedom to the Cuban people. Such a policy would also advance American interests in the Western Hemisphere more broadly given the unpopularity of U.S. sanctions against the Castro regime.  

Opponents of the change argue that the Castro dictatorship has been handed a victory in exchange for very little. Democratic opponents of the regime did not benefit, while the regime’s stranglehold on human freedom persists and the U.S. has relinquished key leverage for political change on the island.

We look forward to a lively debate, as leading U.S. and Cuba experts tackle the question: A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?

If you are unable to attend the debate, please watch live: mccaininstitute.org/live

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