The John Morton Center hosts "Current Issues" lectures, seminars, conferences, and workshops on the histories, societies, politics and cultures of North American nations.

The JMC strives to engage in dialogue with multiple academic, cultural, political, and ideological viewpoints. We welcome speakers from a range of different backgrounds and persuasions. The views of our guests do not represent those of the Center.

Upcoming Events

April 3: Seminar & Pub Night "From the Everyday to the Radical: Finnishness in the Americas"
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 12:25-16:00 & 19:00-22:00
Place: UTU, Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5), Lecture Hall Edu2 & Bar Kuka (Linnankatu 17)

"From the Everyday to the Radical: Finnishness in the Americas," or "Arjesta radikaaliin – suomalaisuus Amerikoissa" comprises an afternoon seminar at the University of Turku from 12:15 to 16:00, and a pub night at Bar Kuka from 19:00 to 22:00. Both events are free of charge and open for all. Students may collect lecture pass entries at the afternoon seminar.

More information forthcoming.

April 11: Current Issues Lectures "Cuba-US in the Post-Cold War Era: History and Complexity of a Relation" & "Cuban Economic Actors and their Dynamic"
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 14:15-16:45
Place: UTU, Educarium (Assistentinkatu 5), Lecture Hall Edu2 (2nd floor)

"Cuba-US in the Post-Cold War Era: History and Complexity of a Relation"

The relation between Cuba and United States has a long history and is extremely complex. To understand its core features, it is necessary to include in the analysis a diversity of variables and dimensions in state of constant interaction and change, articulated around a number of central axes, deeply embedded in the course of both countries´ histories. The presentation outlines an analytical model, which combines perspectives and tools from history, political science, geopolitics and political economy, to explain the dynamics of the relation between Cuba and United States, rooted in the study of over 200 years of processes and events. This model is then applied to the shifting political environment and the fluctuations in the relation observed since December 2014, during the last years of Barack Obama´s administration and the first biennium of Donald Trump´s tenure in the White House.

Prof. Ernesto Domínguez López
PhD in Historical Sciences from the University of Havana. Full Professor and coordinator of the US Study Group at the Center for Hemispheric and United Studies (CEHSEU), University of Havana. Visiting professor, visiting scholar and guest lecturer at several universities and academic institutions in Cuba, United States, Colombia, Argentina, France, United Kingdom and Spain. He has published 49 articles and chapters in academic journals and books edited in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, United States, Italy, Great Britain and France. Author and co-authored of two books and co-editor of other two. His research interests include the study of post-industrial capitalism, US political system and processes, Cuba-US relations, international relations, political theory and theory of history.


"Cuban Economic Actors and their Dynamic"

The most important domestic actors in the current Cuban economy, as part of the transformations in the socialist model, are State owned enterprises, cooperatives and self-employees. The presentation synthesizes the successes, failures and challenges of these sectors, in particular the distortion that the system of double currency creates for the entire economy.

Prof. Seida Barrera Rodríguez
PhD in Juridical Sciences (2018) and JD from the University of Havana, both summa cum laude. Full Professor and associate researcher at the Center for the Study of Cuban Economy (CEEC), University of Havana (2015). Visiting scholar and lecturer at universities in United States, France, Spain and United Kingdom. Her research interests include State-owned enterprises, cooperatives and self-employees. She has published more than 30 articles and chapters in journals and books edited in Cuba, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and has coauthored one book (forthcoming), along with several papers at conferences in Cuba, Paris and United States.


The event is free of charge and open for all. Students may collect lecture pass entries for NAMS, Contemporary History, and Political Science.

September 6: Current Issues Seminar "Up In Arms: Making Sense of Gun Culture in the United States"
Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: [TBA]
Place: UTU, Calonia (Caloniankuja 3), Lecture Hall Cal1

A full-day Current Issues Seminar on gun culture in the United States. More information forthcoming.

October 11-12: "American Voices" Seminar
Date: Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 2019
Time: [TBA]
Place: University of Turku

"American Voices" provides an opportunity to learn about various aspects of U.S. society and culture through the experiences of American Fulbright grantees currently in Finland. The seminar is organized each year by the UTU North American Studies Program and the Fulbright Finland Foundationand it is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki.

More information forthcoming.

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