The registration period is from Monday February 16, 2015 12:00AM to Monday March 2, 2015 12:00PM

A Conversation About Cuba

Friday March 6, 2015 12:15PM - 1:45PM

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

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Please join us for a highly interactive program
on March 6, 2015
at the 
Lincoln Memorial Room of the 
Union League of Philadelphia

Attendance Limited to 45 individuals

Dr. Orlando Perez and Dr. Richard Giosio will engage the audience with a provocative discussion of the major topics affecting the Cuba Rapprochement.

Dr. Gabriel Marcella will act as a Facilitator for audience interaction

A Cuban-theme lunch starts at 12 15 PM
Our conversation will start at 12 45 PM 
and end promptly at 1 45 PM

Members: $55 per person
Non-Members: $66 per person

If you are interested in attending the event, please call 610 354 8898


Dr. Orlando Perez

Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University

For two decades, he has been a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program on a variety of projects ranging from democratization, civil-military relations, and public opinion issues. He has carried out field research in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras and other Latin American countries. A prolific writer, Dr. Perez articles have appeared in the Revista Latinoamericana de Opinion Publica, the Latin Americanist, The Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, and many others. He is the author of two books: Civil-Military Relations in Post-Conflict Societies and Political Culture in Panama. Also, he is the co-author of Latin American Democracy: Emerging Reality or Endangered Species? 

Dr. Perez was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1964. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Dr. Richard Gioioso

Professor of Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University

Dr. Gioioso teaches Contemporary Cuban Politics, International Politics, Global Political Economy and International Migration. He has worked extensively as a researcher in the U.S. and abroad. Areas of focus include U. S. Immigration, Trust and Civic Participation in U.S. and Colombian societies, Art in U.S. and Cuban societies and Racial Identity. Dr. Gioioso’s research seeks to understand the forces that lead individuals to uproot themselves and move, and how they integrate in their new surroundings. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy and the Spanish Agency-Miami Cultural Center.

Dr. Gioioso received a B.A. degree in Spanish from Saint Joseph’s University and M.A. and a Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Florida International University. His doctoral dissertation addresses the dynamics of Latin American immigrants and the American-born Latinos in Miami. Currently he is working on a project about the Latino community in Little Havana, Miami. Prior to joining Saint Joseph’s University, he taught at Johns Hopkins University, The State University of New York and Baruch College of the City University of New York. 


Dr. Gabriel Marcella

Former Director of the Americas Studies at the U.S. Army War College

Dr. Marcella served as International Affairs Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief at the United States Southern Command. In addition, he has been a consultant to the Departments of State and Defense on Latin American security. Recently he has been teaching international relations at Dickinson College. He has also worked with a number of research groups dedicated to Latin American affairs and US policy, terrorism, and national security.

Dr. Marcella has written extensively on Latin American security, and strategy. Among his publications: American Grand Strategy for Latin America in the Age of Resentment and Security Cooperation in the Western Hemisphere: Resolving the Ecuador-Peru Conflict; Affairs of State: The Interagency and National Security, and Teaching Strategy: Challenge and Response. He has also written on the conflict in Colombia and published over 150 articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and numerous reviews. Currently, he is contributing author for the Americas Quarterly and the Latin American Advisor. Recent publications: “China’s Military Activities in Latin America,” Americas Quarterly, Winter, 2012. 

Dr. Marcella received a Ph. D. in Latin American History from Notre Dame University and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Saint Joseph’s University. 

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