Cuba

“Adiós Hemingway”

Author: Leonardo Padura Fuentes    

Translated from the Spanish by John King

Publisher: Grove/ Atlantic, Inc.

Pages: 229

Price: $13.00 (Paperback)

On the afternoon of January 21 I went to ten Hoor Hall on the UA campus to hear a talk by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes (often referred to as Leonardo Padura).

Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Alabama starting today, but Chief Justice Roy Moore is doing everything he can to stand in its way.

Moore issued a letter last night ordering all state probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He argues that the federal district court’s ruling does not trump state law.

Ben Cooper is the chairman of Equality Alabama, a volunteer organization defending LGBTQ rights in Alabama. We spoke with Cooper before the law took effect, and he said some of these challenges were expected.

The University of Alabama is looking to expand its relations with Cuba.

University trustees recently approved establishing a Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship at the Tuscaloosa campus. The Center will build on work by the Alabama-Cuba Initiative, a program that has built educational ties between the University of Alabama and Cuba for the past 13 years. More than 80 articles and other scholarly works have been published by faculty involved in that initiative.

    

"The Island Called Paradise: Cuba in History, Literature, and the Arts"
Author: Philip D. Beidler
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
2014, Tuscaloosa, AL
$34.95 (Cloth)
193 pp.

Over a long career, Beidler has written analyses of early American and Alabama literature, sweeping appraisals of the war literature of WWII and Vietnam, a number of powerful personal essays based on his experiences as a lieutenant in Vietnam and, most lately, outraged appraisals of American political leadership.

Photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – All journeys have a beginning and an end, and that's the case with our latest collection of University of Alabama student commentaries we call "Postcards from Cuba." We trained and equipped these young reporters to write and record features on their experiences on the communist island. Today, we present the last one. Mary Heard led off the series with her concerns about traveling to Cuba. Today, some final thoughts before heading home.

Photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – All month long, Alabama Public Radio has been bringing you snapshots of life on the island nation of Cuba. University of Alabama students are studying in Havana, and are sending back a series of commentaries we call "Postcards from Cuba." Today, we present the last one. Student Elaina Tirador is Cuban-American. Her father is from Cuba. She still has distant relatives living on the island. And, she found them.

Photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – The game of baseball is popular on the island nation of Cuba. But, street basketball has fans as well. A group of University of Alabama students is studying in Havana, and sending back recorded commentaries to air on Alabama Public Radio. We call the series, "Postcards from Cuba." Today, student Austin Bettis talks about shooting hoops "Cuban style."

Photo Courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – A group of University of Alabama students is still hard at work, studying on the island nation of Cuba. Alabama Public Radio asked these student to use audio recorders to send us a series of commentaries we call "Postcards from Cuba." If you watch the news, you know how Fidel Castro feels about the United States. Student Zeke Anders found out what the average Cuban thinks about average Americans

photo courtesy of Chip Cooper

Havana, Cuba – Say the name Cuba, and your grandparents may remember the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960's, while your parents may talk about the Mariel boatlift in the 1980's. Some University of Alabama students are making memories of their own while studying in Havana. Alabama Public Radio gave these students audio recorders so they could share their experiences with you. Mary Heard has our first "Postcard from Cuba," with some thoughts about the trip from Miami to Havana.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban photographic exhibition has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work Alabamian Chip Cooper and Cuban Nestor Marti (Nes-ter Mar-TEE). They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana. Nester Marti says when the exhibition opens at the University of Alabama this fall, he hopes it will show the true colors of the Cuban people ...

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban photographic exhibition has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work Alabamian Chip Cooper and Cuban Nestor Marti (Nes-ter Mar-TEE). They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana. Chip Cooper says the exhibit opened with a grand flourish last week (5/6), including a large crowd, the University's wind ensemble ... and even a peacock ...

Tuscaloosa, AL – A joint US-Cuban exhibition titled "Side-By-Side" has opened in Havana, Cuba. It features the work of Alabama photographer Chip Cooper and Cuban photographer Nestor (Nes-ter Mar-TEE) Marti. They spoke with Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill by telephone from Havana about how they hope their efforts will re-shape perceptions about their two historically intertwined homes. Brett files this report ...