A little over a year ago, the U.S. announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba. That announcement marked a dramatic shift in policy that dated back more than 50 years. But many challenges remain.
According to a Jan. 9, 2016, story by reporter Mimi Whitefield in the Miami Herald, “If 2015 was a watershed year in U.S.-Cuba relations with the resumption of diplomatic ties and the opening of embassies, then 2016 is expected to be a year of definition as the two former adversaries move past ceremony and tackle the hard issues that still separate them.”
It’s interesting to note that Webster’s history of opening previously closed worlds to students includes initiatives with Cuba dating back several years. In addition, Webster has been fortunate to have international relations professor Dr. Daniel Hellinger, one of the most noted experts on Latin America and Cuba, as a member of the faculty since 1979.
In the stories that follow, we reprint Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble’s post that appeared last May in the American Council on Education’s Higher Ed Today blog detailing Webster’s relationships, programs, exchanges and educational partnerships with Cuba. We also include a post by Dr. Hellinger entitled “Cuba: Reform or Transition,” which appeared last July in the North American Congress on Latin America’s blog and which gives an up-close and personal look at life in Cuba today. Finally, we include a story about the experiences of the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts students, faculty and alumni who traveled to Cuba this past fall to present “Big Love” at the Havana Theatre Festival.
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Cuba, Reform or Transition?Read More
Webster Conservatory Students Perform “Big Love” in CubaRead More