Following the historic thaw of relations between the United States and Cuba announced in December 2014 by presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro, Indiana University launched a Cuba Initiative, for which IU President Michael McRobbie designated the former dean of the School of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Gerardo Gonzalez as IU's principal advisor on Cuba.
In fall 2015, IU was selected to participate in the International Academic Partnership Program, organized by the International Institute of Education (IIE). IU then formed a university-wide steering committee, chaired by Professor Gonzalez, to develop a strategic plan for building relations with Cuban institutions of higher education. The plan detailed a variety of actions, including institutional partnerships, short-term study abroad programs, and other types of academic and cultural exchanges. The program culminated in a weeklong trip to Cuba in October 2015 by participants, including Professor Gonzalez and Shawn Conner, Associate Director of International Partnerships in the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, who met with various university and government representatives.
Faculty members representing diverse academic areas have been actively engaged in Cuba through their research, teaching, and outreach. As interest in Cuba increases, the following list will be updated:
- Rajendra Abhyankar, Professor of Practice of Diplomacy and Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- Anke Birkenmaier, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
- Deborah Cohn, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
- Keith Dayton, Senior Lecturer, Kelley School of Business
- Gerardo Gonzalez, Professor, School of Education
- Joshua Malitsky, Associate Professor, The Media School
- Michael Martin, Professor, The Media School
- Dan Preston, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- Iris Rosa, Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
- Michael Spiro, Associate Professor, Jacobs School of Music
For more Latin American & Caribbean-related events, please see the main CLACS events page.
- Recent Cuba-related events:
- Intimations of Mortality: The Cemetery in Post-Soviet Cuban Film, lecture by Vicky Unruh on September 9, 2015. Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
- Gerard Aching Book Reading on October 29, 2015. Co-sponsored by the Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, the College Arts & Humanities Institute, and IU Press
- Cuban Diplomat Carlos Alzugaray Treto on November 18, 2015. Co-sponsored by the School of Public & Environmental Affairs, the School of Education, and the Office of the Vice President of International Affairs.
- Cultural Policies and Creative Entrepreneurship: Comparative Explorations in Mexico and Cuba, lecture by Láazaro Rodríguez Oliva on January 21, 2016. Co-sponsored by Kelley School of Business C271/C272 Cuba
- Alicia Pérez Viera on April 12, 2016. Co-sponsored by Kelley School of Business.
In partnership with Professor Keith Dayton and his Kelley School of Business course, Global Business Initiatives, CLACS hosted a lunch with Alicia Pérez Viera, Cuban tour guide and tourism expert.
Study Abroad Programs
- SPEA in Cuba
- Kelley School of Business, Global Business Immersion
- Independent Student Travel to Cuba: Read the specific IU policy about student travel to Cuba. Also read the Overseas Studies policy on independent travel.
CUBAmistad is a sister-city project linking Bloomington, Indiana, USA and Santa Clara, Cuba. Its goal is to encourage dialogue and understanding between citizens of Cuba and the USA.
IU and Cuba in the News
- On the IU Media Space: CIBER Focus: "Inside Look at Cuba's Economy: Tourism Industry and Beyond" with Alicia Perez Vera - April 12, 2016
- On the IU Media Space: CIBER Focus: "Part 3 of U.S.-Cuba Relations: Beyond the Cold War Past to Partnership" with Dr. Carlos Alzugara y Treto - November 18, 2015
- On the IU Media Space: CIBER Focus: "Part 2 of U.S.-Cuba Relations: Economic and Legal Provisions" with Professor David Fidler - October 27, 2015
- On the IU Media Space: CIBER Focus: "Part 1 of U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Past and Present" with Professor Nick Cullather - October 23, 2015
- On the IU Media Space: CIBER Focus: "Shifiting Dynamics in Cuba and 'SPEA in Cuba' Program" with Professor Daniel Preston - August 27, 2015
- On the IU Viewpoints Blog: Just ahead of Obama, SPEA students visit Havana
- On the Wishtv.com website: IU students reflect on trip to Cuba
- On the 93.1FM WIBC Website: 15 IU Students Headed To Cuba For Spring Break
- On the Indy Channel: IU School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzalez reacts to new US-Cuba diplomatic policies
- On the IU Viewpoints Blog: IU professor: Easing of Cuba travel restrictions good news for scholars
- From the Indiana Daily Student: IU joins effort in relationship with Cuba
- From the World Post: Give U.S.-Cuba Thaw a Chance
- From The Conversation: Why American academics are building ties with Cuba
- From the Indiana Daily Student: Experts weigh in on Cuba visit
- From the IU Bloomington Newsroom: Indiana University experts comment on President Obama's visit to Cuba
For more information about ongoing Cuba initiatives, please contact CLACS at clacs[at]indiana.edu.