The Cuba Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to the development of multiple and multifaceted initiatives that foster production and dissemination of knowledge of Cuba, based on professional collaboration between the members of the faculty, staff, and students of the University with colleagues in Cuba. The Program sponsors a Cuba Speaker Series, hosts Cuban scholars to conduct research, organizes international conferences, and collaborates with the “Envisioning Cuba” series at UNC Press.
The Cuba Program has developed a collaborative relationship between the Biblioteca Nacional ‘José Martí’ in Havana and Davis Library at UNC for the purpose of preparing inventories of holdings preliminary to enabling both libraries to assist each other in filling gaps in their respective collections. The University has entered into a formal collaborative protocol with the Unión de Artistas y Escritores de Cuba (UNEAC) designed to foster academic and artistic exchanges. Institutional relationships exist with the Centro Cultural ‘Juan Marinello,’ the Fundación Fernando Ortiz, the Casa de Altos Estudios, and the Academia de Historia. With the assistance of a generous grant in 2013 from the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, the Cuba Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has inaugurated a new initiative dedicated to the development of collaborative Cuba-Carolina partnerships in the fields of natural sciences, health sciences, and law.
During these past years, an estimated 100 undergraduate students at UNC have completed a one-semester full-time study at the University of Havana. At the graduate level, a score of students have completed their Ph. D. degrees in the social sciences and humanities, almost all of whom have subsequently developed career tracks dedicated to the study of Cuba. Read more.