Category: News

What a difference two days makes

In this article from RTDNA, Dr. Pamela Tran, a professor of electronic news at The University of Alabama, discusses her most recent trip to Cuba. As a journalist, Tran offers a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the changing relations between Cuba and the United States. Read more.

Campesinos

Photographs by Chip Cooper, University of Alabama faculty member and artist-in-residence, and Cuban photographer Julio Ángel Larramendi Joa have been on display since June 4 at the Massimiliano Massimo Institute in Rome in an exhibit titled “ Campesinos.” The exhibit will be on display for a month in Rome before traveling to other Italian cities, and is part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Vatican.

UA Faculty Member, Collaborator to Display Photographs of Cuban Farmers in Rome for Vatican Celebration

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An exhibit featuring a series of photos taken in Cuba by Chip Cooper, faculty member and artist-in-residence at The University of Alabama’s Honors College, and Julio Ángel Larramendi Joa will be on display starting June 4 at the Massimiliano Massimo Institute in Rome in an exhibit titled “ Campesinos.” The exhibit is part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Vatican.

After the exhibit in Rome, which is scheduled to run a month, the photographs will travel to other Italian cities including Naples, Turin and Milan. The works previously were displayed in Havana in March 2015. The exhibit came about through communication between officials in the Vatican and the office of the Cuban ambassador to the Vatican.

Read more here.

UA Students in Cuba Meet with World Record Holder in High Jump

2015 students with Sotomayor.

 

On March 11, students in the University of Alabama Semester Program had the opportunity to meet and talk with with the current world record holder in the the high jump, Javier Sotomayor. In the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, “Soto” won gold n the high jump for Cuba. Only a year later, in Salamanca, Spain, Javier set the world record in the high jump: 2.45 meters. Now, in 2015, (22) years later, Soto’s record still stands. Javier spent over an hour and a half with the UA students. He explained how he at first he did not really want to be a high jumper and that he actually had to,consult psychologists to overcome his fear of heights. He spoke with emotion about the coach that guided him to so many triumphs and about how difficult it was when his mentor passed away. He talked about the role of talent hunters in the Cuban sports system and about how he was discovered. In response to a question from one of the students, he explained that during the “Special Period” in the 1990s, Cuba actually went through a highly successful period with regard to sports even though there was frequently a lack of food and training facilities lagged far behind those of his competitors. Soto enjoys a close relationship with the Castro brothers and will attend the upcoming “Cumbre de las Américas.”

Cuba teaches lessons in severe weather

Dr. Pamela Tran, a professor of Electronic News at The University of Alabama, recently visited Cuba as part of UA’s Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship. While there, Tran met with various Cuban weather officials to discuss a joint conference between UA and Cuba on severe weather coverage. Read more about Tran’s experience here.