Sony’s New Alpha 77 Camera Debuts in Havana, Cuba

HAVANA, 31 May 2012 — Abel Carmenate Abreu, staff photographer for Casa de las Americas, made this image of me while I tested the new Sony Alpha 77 HDSLR last week in the Cuban capital. Abel is a staff photographer for Casa de las Americas, Cuba’s premier cultural institute. Sony has loaned 15 of these […]

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Backpack Journalist Rides Harley-Davidson in Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC, 4 April 2012 — Here’s the latest piece that Time Magazine posted from our work in Cuba last fall semester. It’s another example of what one properly trained practitioner — a backpack journalist — can achieve with limited gear. We could never have done this with a traditional, extended crew. The operation would […]

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Backpack Documentary Workshop in Havana, Cuba, Draws to End

HAVANA, Cuba, 15 December 2011 — Participants in the Backpack Documentary Workshop at the Advanced Institute of Art pose for a group photo at a dinner reception following our four-day event. The workshop was an extraordinary success, the last stage of which is a visit to American University by the winning team of Cuban students, […]

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AU Abroad Semester in Cuba Ends

HAVANA, Cuba, 15 December 2011 — Our hosts at Casa de las Americas, Cuba’s premier cultural center, held a going-away party for American University students, professors and friends at the end of our fall semester in Cuba. This was the first time that AU Abroad held a semester at Casa. And it was the first […]

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2nd Day of Backpack Documentary Workshop in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba, 13 December 2011 — We’re in the second day, Production, of a Backpack Documentary Workshop at the Advanced Institute of Art, known by its Spanish acronym, ISA. The four-day workshop has been made possible by a grant from the Reynolds Foundation. The grant application was submitted by Eric Hershberg, director of American University’s […]

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AU Abroad Students Visit Cuba’s Premier Foreign Relations Institute

HAVANA, Cuba, 21 November 2011 — AU Abroad students and their Cuban contemporaries pose for a group picture during our recent visit to the Advanced Institute of International Relations in Havana. The Institute, known here as the Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales (ISRI) is Cuba’s premier institution for the study of foreign relations between Cuba […]

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