AU Abroad Students and Backpack Journalism at Playa Giron

PLAYA GIRON, Cuba, 30 September 2011 — AU Abroad students studying in Cuba this fall semester tour the Museo Playa Giron memorializing the U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. A large mortar used during the invasion is seen in the foreground. Six American University students are studying this semester at Casa de las Americas, Cuba’s premier cultural center in Havana. I’m teaching my Photojournalism and Social Documentary class, the foundation for the methodology that we refer to as “backpack journalism.” The students are taking four other courses, all from Cuban professors.

(Photo by Bill Gentile.)