José F. Buscaglia, professor and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, discusses President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba
President Barack Obama began his historic visit to Cuba on Sunday, marking the first time in nearly 90 years that a sitting U.S. president has visited the country. His 48-hour visit comes more than a year after the White House announced that the U.S. would move to normalize relations with Cuba, and since that time Obama has taken steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the country.
We asked José F. Buscaglia, professor and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has just returned from Havana as part of a Northeastern delegation that explored several potential academic and research partnerships in Cuba. Buscaglia has studied the Caribbean and Latin America extensively throughout his career and was a pioneer in study abroad programs by American institutions to Cuba, where he was the first professor from a U.S. university since the revolution of 1959 to teach a regularly scheduled yearly seminar at the University of Havana.
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