CUBA & MASSACHUSETTS IN THE NEWS
Andover Townsman: Sharing Her Cuban-Jewish Story
Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley, located at 6 Dundee Park in Andover, recently hosted a program, "Recalling Havana," featuring the immigrant story of a local Cuban native.
For nearly 60 years, our federal government had in place policies meant to isolate post-revolutionary Cuba. The thinking: Keeping the communist island nation disconnected from the world at large would, eventually, result in the end of dictator Fidel Castro’s rule.
Despite the United States’ embargo on Cuba, many Massachusetts universities — including Suffolk University, Emerson College and UMass — run study abroad programs there.
Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern has been at the forefront of improving U.S.-Cuba relations for years. Despite new business and travel restrictions from the Trump administration that have chilled relations between the two nations, McGovern says he is still hopeful, and he believes the unique connections between Cuba and Massachusetts can help pave the way to something better.
Boston Globe: Hemingway Preservation Effort in Cuba Tribute to Late Concord Filmmaker, Says McGovern
Years of work by a Concord filmmaker to help preserve thousands of Ernest Hemingway’s papers and photographs reached a major milestone Saturday, as a $1.2 million facility was officially opened during a ceremony at the author’s home in Cuba.
“When we come together, when we work together, we can do positive and amazing things,” Jim McGovern, a U.S. congressman for Massachusetts who wants better U.S.-Cuban relations, said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Members of WGBH News' Morning Edition team traveled to Cuba this past weekend, where the group of preservationists from Massachusetts celebrated the opening of a conservation center at Ernest Hemingway's house in Havana.
Bay State Banner: ‘Cuba’ — Film Explores the Island’s Unique Heritage
The Museum of Science on Feb. 15 debuted its latest IMAX film offering, “Cuba,” a 50-minute peek into the vibrant culture of the Caribbean island. The film was produced specifically for the giant screen format by Golden Gate 3D in association with BBC Earth, Giant Screen Films and the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
JetBlue’s inaugural flight to Cuba was a festive event. At Logan, passengers were feted with a balloon-draped Cuban buffet, salsa dancers, and a series of speakers, many of whom had Cuban ties.
Boston Globe Opinion: Cuba-Massachusetts relations — the journey continues
This weekend, JetBlue began a new direct flight between Boston Logan Airport and Havana’s José Martí Airport. The new route brings with it new opportunities for increased collaboration and cooperation between the people of Massachusetts and Cuba.
Youth Futures International will partner with Boston nonprofit The Base to create “Building Bridges through Baseball,” an international program that will send a baseball team to Cuba this summer with the hope of fostering leadership and diplomacy.
Despite growing tensions between Cuba and the United States under the Trump administration, Harvard will continue to support students in their academic endeavors in the country. Last week, the White House announced new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, barring most individual visits to the country and prohibiting U.S. travellers from visiting a list of restricted entities affiliated with the Cuban government, including several hotels and businesses.
UMass Amherst News: UMass Amherst Launching New Program to Study Public Health in Cuba
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will offer a new pilot program in the fall of 2017 that allows students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. The new program is a collaboration involving UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) and International Programs Office (IPO) with Cuban education and healthcare organizations.
A Massachusetts-heavy delegation of politicians, businesses, and colleges returned from Cuba Wednesday, after a days-long trip highlighted the possibility of new economic and cultural ties. Members of the group, which included Representatives Jim McGovern of Worcester and Seth Moulton of Salem, met with Cuban President Raul Castro and hosted exchanges between biomedical experts from America and Cuba.
On Nov. 26, 2017, the Massachusetts National Guard held a deployment ceremony for the platoon of Soldiers from the 772nd Military Police Company, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The company is based out of Taunton, Mass., at an armory located across the street from the high school where their families wished them goodbye.