Last spring, 22 Niagara University students and three faculty members engaged in an intensive field-based research course in Havana, Cuba. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Castellani Art Museum, several of the participants will share stories, reflections, photographs and research from their experience.
The event, which is being hosted by NU's office of international relations and department of political science, is free and open to the public.
In addition, a new photography exhibit by Roberto Chile, titled "Fidel is Fidel," will be unveiled. Chile's work is a poignant exhibit of photographs of the Cuban leader that document him in his later years. The exhibit is comprised of 17 extraordinary images that are currently being shown around the world from now until the end of the year. It is co-sponsored by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Student research topics included "Cuban Cinema"; "the July 26 Movement"; "The Function of Committees for the Defense of the Revolution"; "Environmentalism and Environmental Law in Cuba"; "Revolutionary Transition from Batista to Castro"; "Mental Health Practices in Cuba"; "Race, Sexuality, and Gender Roles"; "African Roots of Cuban Culture"; "Socialist Economic Reform"; "Cuba's Earth Summit"; "The Economic Revolution of Land Ownership"; "The Platt Amendment and its Effect on the Cuban Revolution"; "Obama's Visit to Cuba"; "The Bay of Pigs: Cuba's Turning Point"; and "The Execution of Che Guevara."
During their two weeks in Cuba, along with their scholarly work, the NU students played baseball with a Cuban community group, visited a polyclinic, learned about the Cuban Revolution, visited a sustainable farm, engaged in community service projects, and hiked through Viñales Valley.
For more information, contact Dr. David Reilly, director of international studies and chair of the political science department at Niagara University, at [email protected].