Tracing the Unexplored: A Vivid Journey through Cuba – series of four presentations begins Feb 13


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Dr. Ric Morris, who has taught Spanish at Middle Tennessee State University for 14 years, will discuss his documentary “Cuba in the Raw: A Story of Sugar” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Grise Hall Auditorium. Dr. Morris will answer questions about the documentary, his work in Cuba and study abroad opportunities in Cuba.

Dr. Morris has traveled widely in Latin America, but since 2000 has focused his attention mostly on Cuba. In 2000 he was involved in MTSU’s first Cuba program, and he has developed a dedicated annual summer program focusing on Cuban culture and Spanish language immersion. He has traveled to Cuba seven times and built significant professional and personal contacts both at the University of Havana and around Cuba. In 2013 Dr. Morris will visit Cuba twice, in May to research the Cuban legacy of American chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey; and in July with students from the KIIS consortium to conduct a three-week study abroad program.

For information about the KIIS Cuba study abroad program, visit or stop by Tate Page Hall, room 129.

Upcoming presentations in the series:

  • Feb. 25: La Maestra: The Cuban Literacy Campaign through the Eyes of a Teacher by Catherine Murphy and Norma Guillard. 6:30 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium.
  • March 5: Black in Latin America, Cuba, documentary presentation followed by panel discussion. 11:10 a.m. at Faculty House.
  • March 5: Guerrilla Preservation: Ecclesiastical Archives in Cuba by Dr. Andrew McMichael. 2:20 p.m. at Faculty House.

For information about the Cuba presentations, contact Dr. Sonia Lenk, assistant professor in WKU’s Department of Modern Languages, at (270) 745-5906 or email

Contact: Rebekah Golla, (270) 745-2187.

(Source: WKU News, Feb 7, 2013)

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