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BU students get Cuba in focus

Clockwise from left: The Chevent Achim Orthodox Synagogue in Old Havana; books, old magazines, revolution paraphernalia for sale at Plaza de Armas in Old Havana; antique vehicles in Havana; a Danza Contemporánea  de Cuba member stretches after practice at Teatro Nacional de Cuba; Matanzas players before a baseball game at Estadio Latinamerico; a man on a rickshaw drives by an old car in Havana.
Clockwise from left: The Chevent Achim Orthodox Synagogue in Old Havana; books, old magazines, revolution paraphernalia for sale at Plaza de Armas in Old Havana; antique vehicles in Havana; a Danza Contemporánea de Cuba member stretches after practice at Teatro Nacional de Cuba; Matanzas players before a baseball game at Estadio Latinamerico; a man on a rickshaw drives by an old car in Havana. Credit: stacey rufolo

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About a year ago I approached William McKeen, chairman of the journalism department at Boston University, about taking photo students to Cuba.

McKeen, whom I had met almost 20 years ago when I took his history of journalism class at the University of Florida, said the only way that was going to happen was if I taught a full-semester class. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I agreed to give it a try.

I taught the class this past semester and ended up taking six students to Cuba. Stephen Kinzer and six students from his foreign reporting class joined us.

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