Visit Cuba at Coe's Thursday Forum

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2016-02-25 10:46:15 - General

Richard Campagna
Richard Campagna

A special Spring Break edition of Thursday Forum examines travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens just days before President Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit Havana since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

After more than half a century, the U.S. trade embargo and other Treasury Department restrictions imposed against Cuba have finally cracked. It is still an open question as to whether Americans will flock to Cuba with the same panache and wild abandon as was manifested in the late 1940s and 50s, but as of now most indicators suggest: Game On!

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will make the trip on March 21.

Join attorney, linguist, philosopher, author and educator Richard Campagna on March 10 as he leads a multi-media presentation and discussion depicting contemporary and traditional Cuban society and culture. Special attention will be focused on past, present and ever-changing rules and regulations regarding travel to Cuba and investment and commerce with that nation.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the March 10 lecture costs $12. An optional Cuban-themed lunch following the lecture costs an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8523.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "A Historical and Cultural Perspective on Travel to Cuba by US Citizens: A Century of Flux, Paradox and Contradiction" - March 10.
  • "The Evolution of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll: A Closer Look at Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones" - April 7, 14, 21, 28.

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