Monday, August 17, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
please join SFWAF for lunch and a talk by

Jane Thery, Director of Information, Organization of American States
US-Cuba Relations, the Hemispheric Consequences and the OAS
St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room

The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba after more than fifty years is expected to reverberate throughout the Western Hemisphere and impact relationships within the Organization of American States. How far will this new development take us and how open will Cuba be to development, private investment, greater freedoms and fundamental changes to its long held ideologies and political system?

Jane Thery has been the Director of the Department of International Affairs of the OAS since October 2014. She is responsible for maintaining and strengthening relations with Permanent Observers to the OAS and developing strategies with civil society organizations and other agencies of the United Nations and Inter-American Systems to advance the OAS agenda. Her Department is also charged with resource mobilization activities and outreach programs, including the Lecture Series of the Americas, OAS Policy Roundtables and Tour and Briefing Program for diverse audiences.

Ms. Thery began her international affairs career as a program officer with the Ford Foundation in Lima, Peru. She has held senior positions with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the University of Maryland, and the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1995, she joined the OAS team supporting the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas and had since managed key portfolios in the Summits of the Americas Secretariat and the Secretariat for External Relations. She holds a BA in international relations from Duke University, a MA in international relations/economics from Yale University and is fluent in Spanish.

Lunch is from 12:00 noon to 2 pm at St. John’s College’s Junior Commons Room, 2nd floor, Peterson Student Center. Cost for the lunch session is $22 per member or $27 per non-member. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 13.

To reserve a place please e-mail Fees for this lunch may be paid with your credit card using our Paypal account. You may access Paypal directly or you may send your check to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM, 87594, with your name and contact information, if you are not a member. Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. Please note on your check, or if paying by Paypal please send us an e-mail, to indicate that your payment is for the August 17 program. You may also include your $50 annual dues renewal in the check rather than paying the two separately. Your payment for the program guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after August 13 if you are unable to attend. We strongly prefer that payment be made either via Paypal or mailed check postmarked by Thursday, August 13 at the latest to avoid having to handle money at the program.


 Directions to St. John’s College (from Old Pecos Trail)
Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight).
Turn left at Camino Corrales.
Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail.
After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol.
Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca.
St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts.

Please park in the visitor parking lot. It’s on your left as you enter the campus (A on the St. John’s College map). There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location. The Peterson Student Center is #1 on the campus map.

 Parking: The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.