Building Bridges

Building Bridges with Cuban Libraries

By Lynn M. Shirey

Since the beginning of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in the 1960s, the Harvard Libraries have been unable to purchase materials directly from Cuban institutions, publishers or booksellers. We rely chiefly on vendors from third-party countries—for example Uruguay, Canada and Spain—who make regular purchasing trips for U.S. libraries. In recent years, several small U.S.-based vendors have been able to do so as well. 

We encourage Harvard students on semester-long Study Abroad trips (...

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The Road Towards Universal Coverage in Mexico

By Rocío López Iñigo

Mexico has taken gigantic steps towards universal health coverage in the last decade.  In 2012, a national program called Popular Insurance came into effect, offering coverage to more than 50 million people previously excluded from the health system. The program, first introduced in 2003, also seeks to prevent people from falling into the extreme poverty caused by repeated medical expenses. Although the results of this program have been positive, many families in the country's rural zones still face deficient primary care without adequate...

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We Make Things Happen

By Marcela Rentería

Photo by Kellie Cason O'Connor.

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) celebrated its 20th anniversary in May 2014 during the annual meeting in Cambridge of the DRCLAS Advisory Committee. In a memorable gala, Harvard University President...

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