Learn About Cuba Seminar

Saturday September 27 2008 on Cape Cod Massachusetts

Presented by Havana Journal Inc in association with the Latin America Working Group

and the Center for Cuban Studies, featuring Dick Cluster author of History of Havana.


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See the wrap up of our September 27, 2008 Learn About Cuba seminar

Friday September 26, 2008

8:00pm - Casual Cape Cod cocktail party for attendees arriving Friday. Feel free to stop by the Bass River Golf Course club house around 8pm for an informal gathering if you are in town Friday night. Please just come as you are.

See the Directions page for location.

Saturday September 27, 2008

8:00am to 9:00am - Registration with coffee and casual continental breakfast

9:00am to 9:15am - Welcome and opening remarks by Rob Sequin - Publisher, Havana Journal, Inc., Cape Cod

9:15am to 10:15am - Legal travel to Cuba and US Cuba travel policy - Mavis Anderson - Senior Associate, Latin America Working Group, Washington DC.

10:15am to 11:00am - Love, Loss and Longing book discussion and the effects of US travel restrictions on Cuban American families - Authors Jeanne Lemkau and David Strug

11:00am to 11:15am - Break - Enjoy a Cuban music experience while browsing our "on the side" tables and exhibit areas (see below)

11:15am to 12:15pm - Introduce Yourself - We will go around the room and let everyone give a one or two minute short presentation about their interests or Cuba related projects, organizations, websites etc with which they are involved. This will give you the opportunity to meet everyone at the seminar and follow up with them during lunch.

Please feel free to bring business cards and promotional materials for placement on our "on the side" tables for distribution to attendees (space permitting).

12:15pm to 1:00pm - Cuban lunch will be provided. Follow up with the people you just met and enjoy:

  • Cuban sandwiches
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Cuban Salad
  • Stuffed Eggplant
  • Picadillo
  • CUBA drinks provided courtesy of

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1:00pm to 2:00pm - Cuban Art Exhibition and Discussion - Sandra Levinson from the Center for Cuban Studies - New York City

2:00pm to 2:45pm - History of Havana book discussion - Dick Cluster - Author and Professor from UMASS Boston

2:45pm to 3:00pm - Break - Enjoy a Cuban music experience while browsing our "on the side" tables and exhibit areas (see below)

3:00pm to 4:00pm - The Great Bahamas-Cuba Loop: A Post-Embargo Cruising Strategy - Peter Swanson - Marine journalist and publisher CubaCruising.net - Florida

4:00pm to 4:30pm - Cuba and the Internet (online information resources, memorabilia on ebay, domain names, etc) - Rob Sequin -Publisher Havana Journal Inc - South Yarmouth Massachusetts

4:30pm to 5:00pm - Door prize giveaways of Cuba books, merchandise vintage Cuban memorabilia and more. It'll be a fun wrap up to the day.

NOTE: Merri Ansara from CommonGroundTravel.com will make a short presentation at some point during the day to talk about the current situation in Cuba as a result of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Donations will be accepted for humanitarian aid for the Cuban people.

Merri's organization and the Latin America Working Group have been advocating for humanitarian relief for the Cuban people and the Havana Journal has been covering the situation in Cuba since hurricanes Gustav and Ike have greatly affected the lives of everyone in Cuba.

Congressman Bill Delahunt's office has been invited.

"On the Side" Tables and Exhibit Areas

Our "on the side" tables and exhibit areas will feature a variety of art from the Center for Cuban Studies along with books for sale and authors available for book signings.

Contact Us if you would like to have promotional materials, samples or merchandise for sale on our "on the side" tables and exhibit area.

Cuban Art

Sandra Levinson will display a number of Cuban paintings and some will be for sale.

Book Signings

Jeanne Lemkau and David Strug, authors of Love, Loss and Longing

Dick Cluster will be signing his History of Havana book

Items of Interest

Vintage Cuban memorabilia

Cuba guide books

Cuba coffee table books

Free Stuff

Cuba News and Cuba Trade and Investment News have sent us free samples of their subscription newsletters so we will be giving away back issues.


Financial donations will be accepted by a US Treasury licensed organization that will provide relief to the victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.


After the Cuba Seminar

For those who are staying over night on Cape Cod Saturday evening and into Sunday, we can recommend Cape Cod locations of interest, restaurants and attractions so you will thoroughly enjoy your September Cape Cod weekend.

Golf on Cape Cod at Bayberry Hills, Bass River Golf Course, Dennis Highlands, Dennis Pines and many others. All of the above are less than a ten minute drive from the Cultural Center.


*If you would like to sponsor lunch, have an ad on this website and/or offer products or services for sale at the seminar, please Contact Us.