Weighing Fidel's Legacy and Assessing Trump's Reality
Anthony DePalma, Author & Journalist
Eyewitness to the Mourning
John McAuliff, Fund for Reconciliation and Development
Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. For much of that time he focused his attention on Latin America, especially Mexico and Cuba, but he also travelled widely and reported from places as diverse as Albania, Montenegro, Guyana and Suriname. In 2001 he published Here: A Biography of the New American Continent. His second book, published in 2006, was The Man Who Invented Fidel, about U.S.-Cuba relations. The book has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. He wrote many of the “Portraits of Grief” that won a Pulitzer for The Times in 2001. Shortly after that, he started writing about environmental issue, focusing on the environmental and health impacts of the 9/11 attacks. He left The Times in 2008 to become writer in residence at Seton Hall University, where he completed his latest book, City of Dust, about the aftermath of the 9/11 disaster. DePalma is also a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. I've won many professional recognitions, among them a 2007 Emmy finalist for Toxic Legacy, a documentary, the 2009 Maria Moors Cabot Award for international reporting, and the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi award for the CNN documentary Terror in the Dust, which was based on my book, City of Dust. He continues to write for The Times and other publications. Currently, he is researching a book on Utopian communities and the roots of the environmental movement in America.
John McAuliff is founder and Executive Director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, now based in Riverhead, NY. For the past two decades he has traveled frequently to Cuba on behalf of normalization of relations, with special attention to travel and academic exchange.
Mauricio Font is director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY. Professor Font’s most recent publication is The State and the Private Sector in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is co-editor of Handbook of Contemporary Cuba (Paradigm Press, 2013), Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts (Paradigm Press, 2014), Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (Lexington Books, 2005), La República Cubana y José Martí (1902-2002) (Lexington Books, 2005), Toward a New Cuba? (Lynne Rienner, 1997) and Integración económica y democratización: América Latina y Cuba (Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile, 1998).
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