Dr. Rene De La Pedraja, professor of history at Canisius College, was born in Cuba and lived there for almost two decades before coming to the United States. He has spent his career conducting extensive research in the areas of: Cuban history, U.S.-Cuban relations, and Cuban economics and is the author of several books on these subjects.

Passionately concerned with U.S.-Cuba relations, Dr. De La Pedraja can speak optimistically of the many social and economic benefits that will result for both countries, as a result of Wednesday’s decision.