Facebook Pixel International Year of Cuba Resources | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

International Year of Cuba Resources

Cuba 101

Dr. Andrew McMichael (Associate Dean, Potter College of Arts & Letters, Professor of History, and leader of the 2018 ZSEIFS to Cuba) and Dr. Marc Eagle (Associate Professor of History) provided an overview of Cuba's history to kick off a year of deeper investigation. This introductory event launched the 2018-19 IYO and provided context for discipline-specific courses and events taking place throughout the year. 

Watch the presentation here

View the corresponding powerpoint here

Cuba Bibliography 

A robust bibliography of more than 350 existing or new acquisitions to aid in our study of Cuba. WKU Libraries annually curates this list (which includes books, films, and music spanning a wide variety of disciplines) to facilitate deeper study of the IYO target country, and faculty are encouraged to utilize it to integrate Cuba into their teaching and/or research. 

To view the bibliography, click here. 

Discipline-Specific Resources

The foundation of the IYO is the integration of country-specific content into academic courses at WKU. To facilitate this, faculty who participated in the ZSEIFS to Cuba have curated brief resource guides for their particular disciplines. For further study in these areas, consult the following:

ZSEIFS Faculty Perspectives

WKU NPR featured interviews with each of the five faculty who travelled to Cuba in 2018 with the Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar. The interviews are available here

Julia Cooke: The Other Side of Paradise

Award-winning journalist Julia Cooke, author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, gave a campus presentation about her time living in Cuba and studying the young adults she encountered there. View the presentation here

Percussion in Cuban Music: A Crash Course from the WKU Department of Music

A centerpiece of Cuban music is the percussion section. In conjunction with the IYO Cuba, Professor Mark Berry's percussion studio in the Department of Music spent part of its fall semester studying percussion in Cuban music and prepared some short audio features for WKU NPR to give listeners a crash course in Cuban music. Features are available here.

Spanish-American War: Primary Resources at WKU Collections

This compilation of digital resources includes photos, letters, news clippings, books, and other resources pertaining to the Spanish-American War, the main catalyst for which was the issue of Cuba's independence. These materials are housed in the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU and have been made available as an IYO resource for courses that will be exploring the Spanish-American War over the course of the year. 

Dr. Adrian Burgos, Jr.: Latinos and Baseball’s Integration Story: Minnie Miñoso, Roberto Clemente, and Race in America’s Game

Dr. Burgos is a historian who specializes in U.S. Latino history, sport history, urban history, and African American history. He presented the 2019 Harrison Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the History Department, and a video recording is available here

Quick Facts

CIA World Factbook - Cuba 

Lonely Planet - Cuba

Britannica - Cuba

Current Events

BBC Latin America

Guardian - Cuba

The New York Times - Cuba

Embassy of Cuba


Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 5/17/19