The John N. Plank Cuban Lecture Series was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Professor John N. Plank. Lectures will focus on Cuban history and U.S.-Cuba relations. Plank was an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the North African and European campaigns. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University where he was a member of the Government faculty from 1959-62.He was Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for American Republics in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State during the Kennedy Administration and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1964-70. He joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1970, retiring in 1985. A Quaker, he was an active member of the Storrs Friends Meeting.