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Cuba Today

Winter 2000 | Volume III, Number 4

Table of Contents

Comings and Goings

RFK Professor Roberto Schwarz

RFK Professor Roberto Schwarz

Roberto Schwarz, Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor this past semester, is one of the foremost Latin American intellectuals whose critical work spans 25 years. Students who took his Romance…

Librarian Turned Detective

Librarian Turned Detective

A librarian’s mundane afternoon in the Widener Library stacks and a subsequent sleepless night have thrust Harvard into the limelight throughout the Spanish-speaking literary world…

Cuba

Resistance and Reform

Resistance and Reform

A university chemistry professor in Havana quietly mixes chemicals-paid for by the state- for a local photographer. The photographer in turn sells some of his pictures to a Spanish tourist…

Cuba’s Many Faces

Cuba’s Many Faces

Surely Elián González was Cuba’s most public face as the decade reached its end. The little boy’s mother took Elián aboard a boat that capsized in the Straits of Florida; the mother…

Cuban Women

Cuban Women

In the day-to-day struggle for survival during this “special period,” Cuban women have endured the most difficulties. They have also worked with boundless creativity. Cuban women are the…

Cuba-U.S. Relations

Cuba-U.S. Relations

United States’ policy towards Cuba often appears irrational. Its ups-and-downs reflect the extreme ideological and confrontational relations prevailing between the two countries for more…

Cuba Today

Cuba Today

Cuba is in. Things Cuban are fashionable and in vogue-what Bonnie Raitt suggested in her lyric “Cuba is Way Too Cool.” Cuban recorded music has once more claimed its place as a dominant…

Transforming Identities

Transforming Identities

I tell Alejandro that between the two of us he is by far the more experienced anthropologist. From behind his small, crowded table in the Malecón tourist crafts market in Havana, Alejandro…

The Harvard Factor

Tobacco and Sugar

Tobacco and Sugar

“Tobacco and Sugar” is the course that focuses American literatures on the Caribbean, and that acknowledges the unavoidable importance of monocultures for cultural studies. Much of the…

A Medical Student Looks at Cuba

A Medical Student Looks at Cuba

Fresh off the plane, and already my interest was piqued as we drove out of the airport in Havana. I had just finished my first year at Harvard Medical School, and was in Cuba with a group of…

Instituto de Medicina Tropical

Instituto de Medicina Tropical

Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Pedro Kouri” (IPK), Cuba’s leading research institute and treatment center in the field of tropical medicine and infectious diseases is well known as one of the…

Havana in Literature

Havana in Literature

While most Harvard students are bracing themselves for more Boston frosts this January intercession, 15 students and three faculty members will have found themselves in much…

Havana Homeland

Havana Homeland

Like thousands of Cubans, at the age of fourteen, I crossed the Caribbean Sea in a small boat with more than 20 people on board in search of a better future, the Promised Land. The journey that took me back to my Cuban…

Cuba’s Environmental Strategy

Cuba’s Environmental Strategy

Both in spite of and because of the economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba has adopted an ecological perspective on development. Agriculture and other fields…

The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden

The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden

he Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, about three-quarters of an hour outside the Cuban city of Cienfuegos at the “Pepito Tey” sugar complex, welcomes visitors to a park-like setting of palms…

Havana Always

Havana Always

The Group for the Integral Development of Havana, which I direct, seeks to put people back into planning, to give a voice to the soul of these city streets. The Group, created in 1987, is an…

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