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Graduate Student Emily Cammack Travels to Cuba

April 8, 2014

CubaOver the 2014 Spring Break, American Studies graduate student Emily Cammack traveled to Habana, Cuba to research social and environmental justice in the urban environment. Traversing the city almost exclusively by foot, and clocking between 10 and 15 miles a day, Emily was inspired by the decadent and sometimes bedraggled beauty of the port city, but it was the vibrancy of Habana's population, its creative adaptability and critical awareness, that most profoundly affected her during the trip.

Emily was fortunate to meet with members of Proyecto Espiral, a grassroots community group whose volunteer members work to develop ecological, social, and cultural sustainability within the city. Emily hopes to return to Cuba to conduct research as part of a comparative study of vernacular and intangible borderland value systems.

photo credit: Emily Cammack