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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.