At present, the Cuba materials at UNC’s libraries comprise one of the most important collections of Cuban titles in the United States. Among these materials are books, periodicals, journals, and newspapers, as well as an extensive collection of official government documents. Many of these resources are the result of the direct Library-to-Library relationship between the University of North Carolina and the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí in Havana. In 2008, Wilson Library hosted an exhibit of Cuban hand-made books and gallery talk, “Dreams and Creativity: Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints,” featuring Professor Linda Howe (Wake Forest University).
Related programs include UNC Study Abroad program in Havana that has allowed students to travel and study in Cuba since 2004; graduate students working with faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Ecology & Environmental Science, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures and the Schools of Business, Law, Medicine and Public Health; and the University of North Carolina Press monograph series “Envisioning Cuba” which is dedicated to the publication of innovative scholarship engaged with theoretical approaches and interpretive frameworks informed by multi-disciplinary methodologies. An estimated 30 scholarly monographs have been published by the Press, including a number of translations into English of Cuban scholarship including several that are part of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin America in Translation Series.