Fidel Is Out, The Longhorns Are In



Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is no longer in office having recently stepped down after nearly 50 years as president. The news has been hailed by many as the first step in the process to restore democracy to that communist nation.

Not wasting any time with this change is the University of Texas at Austin which announced last week that they signed an agreement with the University of Havana (pictured) to exchange faculty members and graduate students. The university plans on welcoming students in the social sciences, humanities and sciences disciplines to the campus.

U.S. News and World Report recently bestowed a No. 1 ranking on the University of Texas’ Latin American history program in its 2008 survey of America’s Best Graduate Schools. The school regularly hosts symposiums on Latin American issues including a recently concluded discussion about Cuba’s future.

Quoting Jonathan Brown, a University of Texas history professor and associate director of the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), who negotiated the terms of the agreement while visiting Cuba in 2007:

“This agreement is the first of its kind between a Texas and Cuban university, and formalizes many of the research collaborations already in place,” Brown said. “The Universidad de la Habana is leading efforts to standardize the nation’s curriculum and research efforts in concert with the advances in knowledge generated in institutions around the world. With our longtime relationships and strength in Latin American scholarship, UT is ideally positioned to help Cuba reestablish these links.”

For more information about the University of Texas’ recent symposium please read, “Transitions in the Cuban Revolution.” Visit for college preparation information.


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