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A photo of the author’s research group in Cuba. Author pictured first row, second from right.

Engaged and Applied Science is the Future of Environmental Research

April 22, 2020

After a mass transition away from industrial monoculture to organic agriculture in the 1990s, Cuba has rapidly become a model for organic agriculture research. The island remained largely inaccessible to American scientists until the Obama administration lifted embargo restrictions on National Science Foundation funding for collaboration with Cuban scientists as part of reestablishing diplomatic relations in 2014. For the first time in more than half a century, a joint Cuban-American scientific...

First Cuban Ambassador to the U.S. in 50 Years Presents to Students

Katherine MacPhail and Daniel Fleischer

February 7, 2020

Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States since the two countries closed their embassies in 1961 addressed students Thursday in a talk entitled “The Future of U.S.-Cuban Government Relations.” Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas visited Oberlin after traveling to Cleveland to meet with the LNE Group, a transatlantic advocacy firm. Cabañas explained that his goal in talking to students is to inspire more interest in international relations between the U.S. and Cuba. “Our only aim is that when we finish this week, next week, next month, is that you look for books, you look for more information about Cuba, and you simply try to understand the bilateral relationship from the United States from a historical perspect...

For Baseball Players in Cuba, a Unique Naming Convention

Julie Schreiber, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018

For many people in the United States, the happenings of everyday life in Cuba are nothing short of mysterious. Although the two countries are separated by a mere 103 miles, a half-century of socially-and-economically-restrictive international policy has made it difficult for most citizens of either country to understand what goes on in the other. One way in which Cuba has managed to exert its influence in American culture over the past 50 years is through Major League Baseball. Cuba is one of four major countries in Latin America (the others being Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela) that have produced some of the most successful baseball players worldwide in recent decades, including many who ...

Performance artist and activist Tania Bruguera, who gave a lecture Wednesday at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

On the Record with Tania Bruguera, activist and artist

April 1, 2016

Tania Bruguera is a political activist and performance artist hailing from Cuba. Her latest project, #YoTambienExijo (“I Also Demand”), involved the placement of a microphone in the middle of Revolution Square in Havana. The project, which is intended to give any interested person one minute of uncensored free speech on the microphone, is open to the public. Bruguera came to campus this week to speak on that project and on her concept “Political Timing Specific," a tool of self-explanation used to orie...

The group stands in the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba. Over the course of two weeks, the students traveled to several different parts of Cuba and chatted with residents.

Students Challenge American Perceptions of Cuba

February 20, 2015

Many Americans think of images of rum, and beaches when they think of Cuba, but there is more to the story, according to Professor of Hispanic Studies Ana Cara. Cara and the eight students who traveled with her to Cuba over Winter Term hope to challenge common American perceptions of Cuba during “Imagining Havana,” a presentation next Monday in Craig Lecture Hall. “The premise behind [the trip] was, because of the embargo, [that] the kind of information that reaches us is very filtered and...

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