Preserving place and building community in Cuba’s capital. Originally published by ESRI, republished with permission for ecuational, non-commercial purposes.
At first, the Cuban revolution seemed doomed to fail. Sixty years ago, Fidel Castro launched an audacious bid to liberate Cuba from the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista – the American-backed strongman whose repressive regime was characterised by corruption and economic and social inequality. At the time, though, this effort appeared destined to be little more than a footnote in[…]
By Christopher Woolf In 2016, Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Coolidge was known as Silent Cal, a dour New Englander; an old fashioned puritan and a dedicated enforcer of Prohibition. So what was he doing in fun-filled Havana? He had a two-fold mission: to[…]
Attention to detail has led some scholars and historians to read the image for its value as an ethnographic document. By Dr. Linda RodriguezProfessor of AnthropologyNew York University Victor Patricio de Landaluze’s costumed dancer, known as El Ñáñigo, stands silent and still. The viewer almost expects a sudden breeze to ruffle the branches that hang[…]