Jaroslav Romanchuk, a presidential candidate in Belarus in 2010, presented a unique conference entitled “The Morality of Capitalism and Ayn Rand” on February 11, 2013 at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) of the University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue in the Coral Gables campus, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m.
This timely conference was designed to provide the community in South Florida with the opportunity to hear, first hand, the views of a leading libertarian economist and political figure in the former Soviet republic and engage in a dynamic conversation about the importance of individual rights, free-enterprise, small government and strong personal freedoms.
“I’m honored to have been invited to present this critical topic, which drives my political and economic thinking, to the audience in Miami”, says Romanchuck, President of the Scientific Research Mises Center in Minsk. “It’s a great opportunity to share my views on the true meaning of capitalism, the new clothes of socialism and the framework of a moral social economic system, especially with the Cuban-American community who, like Belarusians, understand full well the evils of socialism.”
Following the presentation there a question and answer session with a distinguished panel of political thinkers, including Dr. Jose Azel, senior scholar at the ICCAS and author of Mañana in Cuba: The Legacy of Castroism and Transitional Challenge for Cuba, Glenn Cripe, co-founder and Executive Director of The Language of Liberty Institute and Olga Nodarse Chao, Founder of The Cuba Corps and author of Freedom Embattled. Dr. Andy S. Gomez, senior fellow at ICCAS, University of Miami was the moderator.
This event was co-sponsored by The Cuba Corps, ICCAS, and the National Association of Cuban-American Educators (NACAE). Founded in 2005, The Cuba Corp’s mission is to help rebuild civil society in Cuba. ICCAS serves as a world class academic center for the research and study of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. NACAE represents the interests of Cuban-American educators at all levels and promotes their accomplishments. It also contributes to the preservation of the Cuban cultural heritage and the promotion of the principles of liberty and civil rights.