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International Education Conference

14th Annual International Education Conference
Friday, April 21, 2017


Register Today!

Deborah Ellington's photography Come and experience the island’s politics, culture and history with presentations by leading experts!
Friday, April 21, 2017, at the LSC Community Building in The Woodlands.

Registration is required. Free for the first 100 LSC students to register.  Registration ends April 14, 2017.


Interested in speaking or performing?

The entries are CLOSED for those interested in speaking or performing at the conference.

Presenters will engage in an international conversation by sharing their expertise and insights on topics as related to Cuba. Topics address international aspects such as diplomatic ties, history, environmental concerns, immigration, music, art, dance, culture, heritage, medicine, and education.
The deadline for submitting presentation proposals was February 15, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of their proposal status by March 1, 2017. For questions email IEC@lonestar.edu.

Interested in having an exhibitor's booth?

We invite community members to be a part of the conference as an exhibitor - free of charge. Booths must keep with the conference theme of Cuba. Please email IEC@lonestar.edu along with your completed from to participate. Lunch will be $25 per person.

Exhibitor Form

Art Contest

student artWe invite students to submit original artwork for a juried 1-day pop-up show on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Lone Star College System Office. Entries should pertain to the conference theme: ¡CUBA! The 10 finalists will have work on display at the conference, and the top 3 will receive prizes worth $50-100 each.

Submit Artwork

Keynote Speaker

“Operación Pedro Pan: My journey to freedom!” 

Hailing from Cuba, award-winning author Lorenzo Pablo Martínez holds a master’s in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate in music education from Columbia University/Teachers College. Martínez has appeared in recitals on radio and television, and his musical compositions have been performed nationally and at international festivals. The television show Captain Kangaroo featured some of his works, and for Group Soup, a children’s book published by Viking, he contributed the title song. In addition, a book of his children’s songs, The Circus, was published by Clarus Music Ltd.

Martínez translated all twelve episodes of The Second Voyage of the Mimi, produced by Bank Street College of Education for PBS, and co-edited The Ginseng Conspiracy, a mystery novel published by Muse It Up. His recent memoir, Cuba, Adiós, explores his participation in Operación Pedro Pan, a secretive mass exodus of more than 14,000 children that landed in America between 1960 and 1962 fleeing Castro’s regime. The book was named 2015 Best Biography by the International Latino Book Awards, and was recognized as “Outstanding Book” by the Houston-based group Conversing Through Poetry. Martínez was named among the 2017 top “new” Latino authors to watch by Latino Stories, a group that promotes Latino literature. He has written for The Miami Herald and authored a picture book, The Ballerina and The Peanut Butter Sandwich, available on Amazon.Over the years, Martínez has played important roles in the not-for-profit arena, overseeing development and communications/marketing departments for a number of international organizations. He has been a frequent lecturer at several New York institutions such as New York University, the New School, York College of the City University of New York, and the 92nd Street Y.

Martínez is working on a second memoir and a mystery novel for young adults. He is the former Executive Director of the Houston Chamber Choir.

Cuban photography contributed and attributed to Dean Deborah Ellington Copyright 2017©