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Caribbean Policy Expert Will Speak on Cuba

September 16, 2009

Daniel P. Erikson, Caribbean foreign policy expert, will speak on the future of Cuba in the second installment of the 2009-10 Lindenwood University Speaker Series. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room of the Spellmann Center.

Open to the public and free, the event is on Lindenwood’s main campus at 209 S. Kingshighway in St. Charles. The 2009-10 Speaker Series is sponsored by Lindenwood University and the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Erikson’s speech is titled, “The Future of Cuba and What it Means to the United States.”

Erikson is senior associate for U.S. policy and director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, where his work focuses on U.S. foreign policy challenges in the region. His articles have appeared in The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Cuba in Transition, Current History, Journal of Democracy, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The National Interest, SAIS Review, The Washington Post, and World Policy Journal.

He is coeditor of Transforming Socialist Economies: Lessons for Cuba and Beyond (New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005). Erikson frequently speaks on radio and television and is often cited by the U.S. and international press. He has been a research associate at Harvard Business School and a Fulbright scholar in U.S.-Mexican business relations. He earned a master’s in public policy as a Dean’s Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Brown University. He is a native of Maine.

Erikson is the author of “The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution,” about the future of Cuba in the wake of Fidel Castro stepping down.

The 2009-10 Lindenwood University Speaker Series includes eight entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking presentations by a renowned collection of authors, educators and activists from throughout the country and throughout the world. For more information, visit or call Paul Huffman, series coordinator, at 636-949-4823.


Press Release Contact:

Paul Huffman
Lindenwood University

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