In 2002 a number of administrators and faculty from The University of Alabama made the first trip to Havana to extend a hand of friendship and scholarship to faculty and academic administrators in Cuba. Today we have ongoing relationships with the University of Havana, University of San Gerónimo, Instituto de Artes (ISA), CUJAI, CEHSEU, Taller Experimental de Gráfica, and most recently in the medical field with ELAM and the Ministry of Health (MINSAP). Initially developed through the College of Arts & Sciences, the Cuba collaborations have extended campus-wide and have now successfully facilitated over 150 faculty members and administrators’ working trips to Cuba. In addition to faculty collaborations, the University has established a successful semester-abroad program in partnership with the University of Havana. Since 2008 over 60 undergraduate students have benefited from this semester-long program.
Collaborations have taken shape in a variety of disciplines including theatrical and musical performances, scientific discoveries, archaeological digs, scholarly exchanges, book arts publications and many other endeavors.
The Center Advisory Board consists of three deans: Dean Robert Olin (Arts & Sciences), Dean Mark Nelson (Communication & Information Sciences), Dean Richard Streiffer (Community Health Sciences); three faculty members – Seth Panitch (Theatre & Dance – A&S), Yasmin Neggers (Human Nutrition & Hospitality Management – HES), Steve Jones (Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering – ENG); and one ex-oficio member, Tom Wolfe (Music – A&S).
Faculty who do not currently have a proposal, are encouraged to express interest in future collaborations by notifying Co-directors Miller and Schnepf.