The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 2nd, 2015
A new era in U.S.-Cuba relations was ushered in on December 17th when the presidents of both countries announced
they were prepared to end nearly six decades of estrangement. I had
nearly lost hope that in my lifetime there would be a rapprochement
between my adopted nation and the island where I was born and which I
left 55 years ago with my parents.
I have made the study of my homeland my academic career, so I could
not be more thrilled about the prospect of a normalization of relations.
I also welcome the evident rise in interest in Cuba among universities
and nonprofits in the United States since the announcement. In February I
participated as a panelist in a teleconference on Cuba
organized by the Institute of International Education. The event drew
an audience of some 180 representatives of colleges, universities, and
academic organizations from throughout the country.