A bipartisan group of five state legislators, staff, and some family members traveled to Cuba as part of new interest in strengthening ties between the two countries and preparing for potential trade opportunities. Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education and Experience helped to organize the trip, which was mentioned in Twin Cities-based print and broadcast media.
KSTP aired a story covering the trip, which will be unofficial and self-funded by the participants. According to the television news organization, the trip will focus on increasing the lawmakers’ understanding of Cuba and its economic climate.
The Star Tribune also published trip information prior to the departure of participants.
Read: Five Minnesota legislators, staff head to Cuba on the newspaper website.
Bob Stacke ’71, a long-time Augsburg College faculty member and a retired chair of the music department, was mentioned in a Star Tribune news article about relaxed Cuban travel regulations.
New policies on commerce and travel to Cuba may come with societal change, according to Stacke, who has traveled to the country five times.
“I do think the Cuban people will try to maintain their culture,” he said.
To read the article and learn more about Cuban travel, visit the Star Tribune news site.
During the winter break, several students and faculty were busy learning abroad on short-term faculty-led programs through Augsburg Abroad and the Center for Global Education.
Winter faculty-led programs were:
History of Cuban Music in Cuba with Professor Bob Stacke, Music
Students experienced the fascinating culture of Cuba and its history, politics, and religion by exploring the way Cuban music has contributed to Afro-Caribbean music as a whole. Students also explored how music is used as a means of expressing cultural difference and social realities. Continue reading “Short-term study abroad: a credit and an amazing experience”