Carlos Alzugaray, 2000-01 Weissberg Chair
Carlos Alzugaray, a Cuban diplomat and scholar with 40 years experience representing the Cuban government around the world, was appointed as the second Weissberg Chair. The Havana-born diplomat was appointed to his first position in 1961 in the Cuban Embassy in Tokyo. Since that time, he has served in diplomatic and consular posts in Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, Belgium and at the United Nations. A Cuban diplomat and scholar with 40 years experience representing the Cuban government around the world was the Marvin Weissberg Chair in International Studies for 2000 - 2001. Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray’s residency at Beloit included participation in classes and in a panel discussion examining the Cuban-U.S. missile crisis. He also presented a major public lecture on U.S.-Cuban relations.
Since 1980, Ambassador Alzugaray has been on the faculty of the Raul Roa Garcia Institute for Advanced International Studies, which serves as the Cuban foreign service institute. At the same time, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Havana. He has taught courses on Cuban and U.S. foreign policy, the history of the United States, and U.S. Latin-American policy. He was honored for his teaching by the Cuban Teachers and Scientific Workers' Union.
A member of the Cuban National Committee for the Management for Social Transformations under the auspices of UNESCO, he was a member of the Cuban Center for European Studies, the Center for United States Studies at the University of Havana, and the Institute for Cuban History. He is the author of dozens of papers dealing with international relations in the Caribbean region.
His most recent diplomatic posting was as ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburg, and head of the Cuban mission to the European Union and Communities in Brussels, Belgium.
At the time of his residency, he was participating in an academic project involving scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, and Cuba, coordinated by the Association for the Unity of Our America, with the objective of producing a series of books on the historical, economic, socio-cultural, and political aspects of Latin-American integration.