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The Johns Hopkins University's 2005 Foreign Affairs Symposium kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. on the Homewood campus in Baltimore with a panel discussion, "U.S.-Cuban Relations: What to Expect," featuring three experts on Cuba. The event is free and open to the public.
The Cuba panel discussion, which will take place in Mudd Hall Auditorium, will feature Adolfo A. Franco, assistant administrator for the Latin America Region at USAID; John S. Kavulich II, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council; and Wayne Smith, senior fellow at the Center for International Relations in Washington.
The theme of this year's student-run symposium is "Enduring Responsibility: America and the Politics of Conflict Resolution," with events ranging from "Defining Genocide in Africa" to "The Third Revolution: Reforming China after Tiananmen."
The co-chairs — seniors Yonina Alexander and Neil Shah and juniors Preeti Balakrishnan and Gabriel Hopkins — said they wanted to develop a theme that would encourage dialogue among students, community members and guest speakers.
"The students that go here are born leaders," Alexander said. "It's really important that they have an understanding of what's going on in world affairs and have a real exchange."
The first event will showcase the symposium's new format with panel discussions and shorter speeches designed to encourage the audience to engage panelists with questions. The co-chairs said they learned perseverance and teamwork from organizing the symposium, often contacting as many as five people for every speaker they scheduled. For more information, see www.jhu.edu/~fas.
The other scheduled events are:
Tuesday, March 8
Wednesday, March 23
Wednesday, March 30
Wednesday, April 6
Tuesday, April 12
Tuesday, April 19
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